Last night my MyBook (500Gb, MBWE I) died.
I suspect it's a mechanical disk fault but see if anyone can confirm… The disk spins up but then only makes a repeated "chug chug" noise. It's not the high-pitched click I've had with a prevous disk that indicates the read heads are gone. The MyBook can't boot. I've removed the disk and connected it with a USB adaptor to an Ubuntu VM. fdisk reports that there's no partition table. gpart (which tries to guess the partition table in case it's been corrupted) just hangs. Has anyone experienced anything similar and can confirm it's mechanical?
The disk is currently in the fridge (I read it on the internet so it must be true) in an attempt to cause any bits of metal that might be out of alignment to shrink back into place. Hopefully I can recover my photos tonight before it warms up again. Hitting it with a hammer is also an option.
Any recommendations for what to do with the body? I could reassemble the whole thing and try for a refund, I think I'm still within warranty, but where's the fun in that? If I fitted a new, 1TB disk and attempted a new installation from scratch, is there a limit on which disks I could use. Am I restricted to Western Digital? I'm tempted to get a 5400rpm lower speed disk to see if it runs cooler but would like to shop around.