Model: WD5000D032-000 (Dual-interface, FW & USB 2.0)
Many thanks to Don Insalata and Rich Andrews for their wonderful tutorials. I thought I’d supplement with my own pictures from the process, and I think you’ll find most of them self-explanatory. As usual you should never play with electronics without the proper care. Remove the power adapter from the unit and hold the on-button in for 10 seconds to remove any remaining current. And since we’re going to be opening this chassis..
First of all I should probably explain why I’m doing this. Well, let’s just say that this WD500GB was a replacement for a previous 320GB model that faulted the same way as this one. One day when I came into the office it just wouldn’t turn on. There had been no prior warnings, no clicks-of-death, so I suspected that the error was in the Western Digital chassis firmware/chip and not the hard disk itself. Looking around the net seemed to confirm my suspicion. In addition, there was an important "temporary" backup of my own stuff on it that I held very dearly.
Thinking about it I don’t know why I still use this kind of chassis. A simple HDD USB or FW adapter seems to be the way to go, considering both the pricing and the data safety aspect of it. Being that this HDD contained sensitive information as well, I couldn’t risk handing it over to some doofus who’d just re-partition it and sell it as is. But that’s enough of the personal opinions. You can click the pics for a 1024×768 version, all thanks to my cousin Kekepower! Here we go.
With your flat-head screwdriver remove the rubber band that runs around the chassis edges
There’s a protective tape covering the connectors. Be careful when removing it. If your drive is an IDE (as I thought this was) and not a SATA drive, then you should be careful not to damage the pins.
Piece by piece you just unscrew every screw you come over. It doesn’t matter whether you like it or not, only screwing will get you your data back. In the end it turned out to be a 3.5" SATA Western Digital hard disk drive. There’s a photo of it here still lying in the protective container. I also shot a snap of the Western Digital 500GB Premium Edition motherboard so to speak, for those who take an interest in that kind of stuff. If you’ve thought ahead, just slip the newly free’d drive into an adapter or a stationary PC.
This is my WD500GB disk in its new home. And guess what? Everything was intact!
Chkdsk returned no errors whatsoever. It was simply a six-month chassis failure..
So for me this was a success story. Not only did I save face to those eff-heads at the computer store who told me it was no way there was any other option than replacing it under the warranty. Well, guess what, mr. retailer. The hardware is not the important thing here. It’s the pr0n, I mean the data, that matters the most.
And that was the other thing. I saved myself and a lot of other people half a year of work at least. As a "temporary solution" I’d put my whole /home/ dir in there a while before it collapsed. If you have any questions about the details or comments about this post, please use the comment form. I appreciate the feedback that I get. You should also check out the two links in the intro for details about other MyBook models.