WD Elements 3tb drive making this noise and died. How to fix?
I’ve had this Western Digital Elements 3.0TB drive WDBWLG0030HBK-04) for 5 years. Few months ago the drive started to make bad PC fan nice, like playing cards on a bicycle wheel. The noise went away after few minutes and I didn’t pay much attention to it, Second time I heard the noise I started to shop for a new drive but before I can get a new drive, just few days ago, the noise came back but now unrecognized by my Mac.
I did observe odd gyroscope effect while rotating the case in my hands (drive spinning). Not sure if this is normal, I’ve never handled the case while the drive was spinning.
I’ve watched a few “fix your drive in 5min” videos, but these were mainly drive head stuck on the platter, mine is not. Any ideas on next diagnostic steps? I just want it to work to get my data off this drive, not fix it for further use.
Here is a short video of the noise and operation with the cover Removed.
I thought about finding a desktop Windows PC to see if it would recognize the drive. For the drive to be recognized outside of its enclosure w/WD custom board the 3rd pin in the sata connector has to be taped over (done).
Many thanks in advance.