Why is my WD external hard drive suddenly no longer recognized by Windows?

13 Jan 2012
13 Jan 2012 | |

My WD external hard drive just suddenly stopped being recognized by my computer while I was watching a movie. The light still comes on and it doesn’t make any clicking noise, but it just doesn’t show up on my computer anymore.

I’ve tried initializing it, but it keeps saying “the media is write protected” and wouldn’t let me. So I’m really confused on what to do in order to fix this problem.

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