2.5" Portable WD Passport, clicking, restarting, can not start up windows
Posted on 2007-10-17
My WD Passport 160GB 2.5" usb powered portable drive turned sour today. Before I had some problems saving documents, get message like, "disk is full" etc, but by unplugging and replugging, it worked fine. This is also a normal problem with this drive, and may be due to high power-requirements compared to the usb port. Today suddenly the computer froze. When I restarted, I got a BSOD. I rebooted, same BSOD. I tried another machine, and a laptop, same BSOD. I tried my home desktop computer, no BSOD, but restarted after windows logo with the green loading bar (XP).
I took the drive out of the case, and found it is a SATA drive. I connected it to the computer by normal power cables and sata data cable. Same problem. The disk makes a clicking sound when I power it up. I then read a post suggesting to cut the 12v yellow power cable, so I did that, as it only needs 5v. I thought it would just not use the 12v, but anyway, now I cut it, but still the same. Hope I didn't do any bad by having the 12v on for the first 10min of trying.
I tried to boot with "the ultimate boot cd", but then i could not recognize the drive, so couldn't diagnose. However the drive does show up in the BIOS.
Please, anyone got idea of how to proceed? I can't boot with this drive, so I guess I must try some boot-cd tools, but I don't know what and how.. ?