Just saw this, and if any older threads should be resurrected, these are the ones! Thanks for the link abluesboy : queued in JDownloader ASAP. I have several Seagate drives.
I personally think EASEUS software sucks ass--never gotten complete recovery with it.
My experience with pre-packaged external USB drives has been dismal, with the exception of an 8TB external "XBOX" drive I got for $279 several years ago (it works fine with computers). It has the baddest front USB ports, and yeah, it's not the fastest, but it chugs along great!
EVERY failed pre-packaged external USB drive that has failed for me or someone else has been a WD...and it is always the "Click-of-Death." In 2007, I lost some professional licensing files that literally made me throw up. Luckily, I had 90% of the info backed up on another drive.
Regarding the Seagate Recovery software, I had a Seagate fail, but it wouldn't even power-up. Makes me wonder if I could have gotten it to cycle, if the software would have worked? Wish I would have taken the time to get the Seagate Recovery software....
My recovery software of choice is R-Studio, which I've used with 100% success since the software first came out long ago--if the drive can be read by Windows, R-Studio has worked.
or another of their versions.
Back to WD drives, the only WD drives I use are the Purple Surveillance drives in my (3) NAS boxes or as homebrew external USB drives...but therein lies a story with R-Studio...
I had an old QNAP that I used for about 8-10 years, and over time, put in some WD Purple Surveillance drives. I almost exclusively use RAID 1 other than one NAS that is my downloads and miscellaneous files running RAID 5. RAID 1, 5, whatever is great...until the actual internal NAS controller fails.
What happened would make a techie piss their trousers. When the controller failed on the first drive on the QSNAP with RAID 1, the second drive continued to run and most of the data was overwritten with garbage (like a Wipe). I was not amused--much crying ensued, because the first drive got hosed also.
The only way I was able to recover about 95% of the data was using R-Studio with the first RAID 1 drive in a USB docker. It took about a 3-4 days, running 24/7 to recover 4GB of data. The WD Purple Surveillance drive got toasty, but worked great, and I still have it.
Yeah, yeah...long story, but hey! I like stories! :)