My Western Digital External Hard Drive recently stopped working and started giving a clicking noise. Western Digital says that I need to send it to an authorized data recovery center for the warranty to not be void. However, I am in Sri Lanka and have no method of sending the drive.
It gets recognized by Windows Disk Manger (partially). The first time, it asked me to create a partition table, with MBP or GUID as the options (or something to that extent). Once I select OK, it gives me an error telling that an I/O error occurred. I could not get a screenshot. When I try to recreate the error, it doesn’t appear. Now it just shows that it is an Unknown and Uninitialized Drive My question is this: is there any way to recover the data by using something like a magnetic reader on top of the drive so that it doesn’t need to be opened, which would void the warranty?
According to an answer at How to recover data from dead hard disk (with tic tic noise)? , the problem might be related to “The actuator arm (or whatever controls it).
I appreciate any help ASAP on solving this problem.