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Wd making noises not usually present

When I plug "my Book" into the USB port, it starts making loud noises that i can hear in the other room. My computer wont recognize it either, I have tried to toggle the power on/off but this wont work. I have alot of pictures and schoolwork on there that I dont want to lose. I have also disconnected the power to the unit and that didnt work either. What should my next step be ?

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  • jenhutsko Dec 19, 2008

    I have the same problem happening on my WD hard drive - myBook Essential 160 GB. I just want to get my files off of it now, and get something different. How can I take the drive apart? It's in an enclosed case, and no obvious ways to take it apart.




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If possible, open the "my Book" and take put the hard drive, connect it ot your PC as secondary internal hard drive.

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