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Western DIgital 500 GB litght flashes but not working

My Western Digital 500 GB was working fine, but then when I plugged the power cable in the light will flash quickly (twice a second) and there is no reaction from the computer when I plug the USB cable in. Pushing the button in will not make it stop and go to a steady light. I also tried unplugging, holding the button in for 10 seconds, and connecting the power cable in. I have everything on that book. Please help.

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  • tidwellnick Sep 28, 2008

    My light comes on and stays on but my computer will not open drive G. Need help!!!!!!!

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I discovered that the wrong power adapter was plugged into the Western Digital My Book which is why it was blinking two times a second and fried it. Plugged in a 24v instead of the 12vThe tech support person at Western Digital ignored the information of the blinking light. I fixed the hard drive issue by removing the cover (no easy task) and installing it as a slave drive on my computer. I am backing up that hard drive using another Western Digital My Book.

I would suggest to anyone who has the problem of frying their Western Digital hard drive to make it a secondary drive on your computer. My item was under warranty, but all they would have done is replace the product and not recovered the data. They gave me references on whom to send the problem hard drive to.

There are a couple of videos on youtube showing how to remove the cover. I wound up using credit cards and a DVD to pry it apart. I was fearful that a screwdriver could create noticeable tampering.

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