WD external HD - Too many bad sectors detected

silverlight4

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My 2TB Western Digital My Passport has stopped working abruptly, only after 8 months of use. It did not fall or anything like that. One moment it was working fine and when I reconnected it 5 minutes later, windows failed to detect it. Went to disk management, it showed disk needs to be initialized.

After having tried every major hd recovery software, with no headway, I checked it with WD diagnostic utility and it shows "Too many bad sectors detected". I want to know if my hard disk is permanently damaged, can the data be recovered? Or is there no hope, and I should get a replacement?
 
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silverlight4

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Update - Sometimes the partition is detected by windows and it also displays listing of all the files correctly, but when I try to copy anything, it hangs. Please advise how I can recover my data
 
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silverlight4

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One more query, how do I erase the data before sending it for replacement, without loosing the warranty?

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Is this a forum for helping people??
 

Genius-jatt

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check your serial number in wd website for warranty details.

Thanks dear the WD site say the warranty is up to 2015 for my Serial number. cheers
 
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