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My Book 500 GB

Help! I have all my Music on MY Book 500GB and until today it worked it clicks when I plug it in and my computer does not seem to recognize it anymore. What can I do??? Thank you for all the help.

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  • tysonvan Oct 01, 2008

    Exactly. All of a sudden everything seems okay but the drive is not recognized by XP or Vista, although the USB connection is working and i have to use the "Safely Remove Hardware" feature to stop it working if i use XP.

    Obviously, this is a pervasive issue that most owners, if not all, deal with eventually. I have had mine in a drawer for a couple months while I move on with my life and can't wait for that day or two off that I can just waste retrieving my files from my WD MyBlackhole.

  • empyrean3k Oct 07, 2008

    I have mine (500Gb) split into three partitions. They all worked fine for over a year, but recently the middle partition suddenly stopped working. Upon trying to open said partition Windows explorer gave me the error message somewhere along the lines of, "This drive is corrupted or unreadable." Two days later however, the other two partitions were no longer accessible. Every time I plug the drive into my computer, the green light on the front of the drive blinks at steady intervals, but Windows doesn't recognize it. Altogether about 450Gb of data on there. Any help?



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Try softare called GetDataBack .. it is great

Posted on Sep 27, 2008


I called WD..stupid people told me I had to call a company to recover the files. It may possibly be an electriclal issue, but thre is an evaluation that I believe is free. You can go to the WDC websire and look for a data recovery vendor and ask for a free eval.

Hope it works.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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Same problem here. I did recover some files when I commected it to another PC!!

WD should get this sorted as lots of peoples data is being lost.

Please let us know of a solution if you can?

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

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