I have a Western Digital MyBook external hard drive. I've had it for at least 2 years, perhaps 3. I leave it on 24/7. This morning, when I turned on my Windows 7 PC, it couldn't find MyBook. And I could see by the lights on the MyBook, that it wasn't doing anything, either. It didn't show up in my Network. I cycled the power on the MyBook, and it became available on my network and visible/accessible from my machine.
So I've got a few questions about this. How can I determine the health of an external HD? Is there some sort of utility on the MyBook which I can run from Windows, to see about it's health? Second question, what's the life expectency of Western Digital MyBooks?