Old 2TB WD My Book Essential – Not working

admin 15 Mar , 2021 0 Comments data recovery
Old 2TB WD My Book Essential - Not working

Hello, I have an old disk WD20EARS that was taken out of a WD My Book Essential 2TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN.

A few years ago as the enclosure was store incorrectly and had pest infestation, so I took out the disk from the enclosure and tried to clean it as much as I could. I remember cleaning the HDD PCB with rubbing alcohol and brushed off any dirt/gunk. I did throw out the external enclosure and the SATA connector thinking I would be able to just plug the HD into a SATA reader.

I bought a Sabrent SATA lay flat mount and am trying to connect to grab all the old data, but the HD is not recognized by my Mac or a Win10 PC. I do not hear any clicking from the HD, not sure if the HD spinning is audible.

So my question is what do I need to do troubleshoot and access the data on the HD. I have attached a couple of photos of the HD.

  1. Do I try to buy an old same model WD My Book Essential enclosure off eBay and try swapping the HD?
  2. Did I damage the HD-PCB when I cleaned it and need a replacement HD-PCB?
  3. I am out of luck?

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