I have 6TB WD60EFRX which was previously connected with a Inateck FD2002 2-bay USB 3.0 drive bay to a Intel NUC-Kit D54250WYK running ubuntu with ext4 as FS. The drive suffered no shock (it didn't fall down, it didn't get hit), but was as of 2 weeks ago, not mountable anymore. The drive mostly stored rather unimportant data (90% movies, some porn, etc.) but also hosted my very well maintained Kodi database and some other important personal data.
The first symptoms were a spin up sound, followed by clack clack clack. Then it turned into no more spin up sound, but only clack clack clack.
Yesterday, I transferred the drive to another external usb3 enclosure (iomega) and I was able to successfully spin up the drive and restore the ext4 partition with testdisk.
I was about to copy data to another drive (counting files) when a "wheeeee" scratching noise occurred.
Since then I haven't started the drive anymore.
I don't own AceLabs pc3000 udma hardware, and most likely never will.
Now I have an identical WD60EFRX (same DCM:HBNCKTJABB, same Preamp, same Heads Map => Compatible Donor Drive from donor drives . com) and I would need a head swap, most likely. After that I would need a data recovery omitting possibly scratched platter surface.
I am about to send the drive and donor drive to helpdisk in serbia, because I am not really willing to pay much (500 € max.).
If anyone can give me advice, any, or an offer, I'd be helped a lot. Please PM me and help me out, Gurus.