Hard drive device errors in Birmingham

Western Digital (or 'WD') are makers of popular hard drives, such as the My Passport and My Book. Quite often WD drives will fail with some sort of device error. We were wondering what the device error messages actually mean, so we asked USB Enclosure. Was making clicking noise this has since stopped but windows doesn't recognize it and asks for it to be formatted, cancel button clicked each time this question appears. We are based at the ICC broadstreet, Birmingham, as are Data Clinic, in the Quayside Tower.

Dropped onto floor and now the connection point is loose – I think it has come off the motherboard. Is there anyway it can be repaired as it contains all my teaching resources from the last 18 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


I have a WD "My Passport" external hardrive. Bought it around 2011 to use mostly for backing up media files for BBC Birmingham. Today when I tried to access the drive, it told me the drive is not accessible and I have seen each of these error messages: "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error". and "The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error"

I use a WD My passport Ultra to store family photos and videos. The drive has stopped being recognised by my Mac mini and I can hear a clicking noise when it is turned on. How much would it cost to recover this data? Is this transferred to a new external hard drive?

I've got a western digital external drive that doesn't seem to start any more. The green ring flashes every second but there's no noise from the drive and it doesnt connect to my laptop. Can you give me a call to discuss?

I am looking to recover the data on a WD HDD which crashed after limited physical trauma and is inaccessible at present.

Kings Norton, Birmingham Data Recovery

We have a Dell all in one computer using Windows 10. As of today we can't use it. This is the fault code. C:WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SetTrail.txt Could you advise / quote please on the likelihood of recovery and/or repair. We are in Kings Norton. Birmingham B38 0AF THANKS

Harddrive is detected in bios but not in windows or Linux. Makes clicking sound. The laptop it was in wasn't dropped so hopefully it is a system board fault. Please email me as I am out of the country until next week.

My phone died yesterday and will not switch on, please can you recover all phone data I.e. SMS texts, photos, videos, whatsapp etc. The device is a HTC One M7.

I've used the services of Birmingham's Data Clinic several times in the past for the retrieval of file from both an unresponsive hard drive and several mobile phones.

We have a Seagate Laptop SSHD 1000GB from a Dell Inspiron 2350. The PC stopped recognising the HD and we took it to a local PC repair shop who confirmed the HD had failed. We have some files on there which were not backed up which we would like recover.

I have a SSD that has crashed. What is the procedure for sending it to you for data recovery? Would you be able to determine the percentage of recoverable files and the percentage of files unable to be recovered? Do you charge on a sliding scale depending on the percentage of data/files recoverable? What is your range of charges - I'm midlands based near Birmingham and Wolverhampton?

I have a plug in USB hard drive which my laptop stopped recognising. When I plugged it in again it started making a bleeping noise. Can this be repaired or the data (photos) recovered.

My laptop have been dropped and subsequently hdd has been damaged and will not work. How much do you charge for recovery or fixing it?

I have a Freecom Classic SL Hard Drive (160gb) that is probably about 10 years old. I'm located just outside Birmingham, near Wolverhampton. I tried plugging it in for the first time in a while and the power supply sparked a little, then I could see smoke coming out. I'm worried I'll have lost all the data, but if retrieval might be possible I would be hugely grateful.

Most data recovery companies apply a sliding scale of charges for their recovery services which are dependent on how complex the data recovery procedure is that they need to apply in order to recover the files from the device. Companies like Data Clinic will provide you with a cost first. It's up to you if you want to proceed with the recovery or not.