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Old 30 November 2015, 18:31   #16
Steve T
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It could be the controller board on the drive itself, rather than a mechanical failure. if you can find a replacement (and it has to be identical) and swap those boards then you can possibly make the drive work again.

I had a WD green 500gb which died, I suspected it might be the board as it looked a little singed around one of the smd chips. At some point I accidentally smeared some conductive paste on the board and the next time I tried it, the drive worked again, i surmise that it bridged some dry joint somewhere.

like others have said, keep at least 2 drives in the machine and backup the important stuff, its all too easy to miss stuff like this though, or things you don't think are all that important, until its gone.
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