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My computer will not recognize My Digital notebook and it is making a clicking sound and the light will come on

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You can have a dead hard drive or the hard drive is not recognized by the BIOS and you may need to go into the BIOS.

Feb 26, 2014 | Western Digital Hard Drives

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Light blinks on my portable WD elements 500 but the computer dosent recognize it. Im using a Powerbook g4 power pc. I have info in it i need to reach & other computers recognize the HD but not my...



click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you should see a yellow question mark?
right click to reinstall drivers
make sure the lead/s that attach to this drive have a secure seating and are not bad/faulty the light on only tells that its getting power it might not be getting enough power you might test the lead/s or
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
hope this helps

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Dropped it from a few inches. Computer wont recognize it. Tried hooking to my laptop, it loaded the drivers but still wont show up in My Computer.


try taking it apart making sure that the connections are plugged in
good and tight , also reboot the computer while its plugged in , if
still nothing listen for a spin up and spin down sound or a clicking
sound , the spinning up and down sound means the motor is
malfunctioning , a clicking sound means the units heads are
malfunctioning , if any of these problems exist let me know
my name is David or user name terminalcon just add attention
to; and I will help you further .

Jan 28, 2010 | Western Digital Elements powered by WD 320...

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Is not recognizing the device. it just clicks 3


the clicking sound you hear is the unit's heads , the
heads are worn and can not function anymore , how
old is this unit ? get back to me , I'll be waiting to hear from you David

Jan 18, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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My western digital 500 gb hard drive is not recognized


that offten happeneds when your memorie space is low or many files have been corrupted.

Nov 19, 2009 | Hard Drives

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I have an external 500 GB HD. I try to plug it in to my laptop and the light on the front just flashes. The laptop doesn't recognize the HD, and there is no sound coming from the external HD


For that make sure usb cable works fine.
Try with different usb cable.
Also connect usb cable in different usb ports of computer.
Right click on my computer then click on proeperty then hardware->device manager.
Then click on sign of usb controllers then uniunstall all usb drivers 1 by 1.
then restart computer.
Then check.
If still not recognized then when you power up the computer press F8 key then enter in safe mode.
then check.
in normal mode again.sometimes harddisk need to start in safe mode .
Let me know if you need more assistance.
thanks.

Nov 05, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Drive light is on and makes clicks


Regretfully, Western Digital drives have been known to fail and the sign is a fail to recognize, and the infamous clicking.
I've not found any solution other than attempt data recovery with Disk Warrior or something similar..
There are data recovery companies but they aren't cheap...

Jun 08, 2009 | Western Digital 250GB MyBook External USB...

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External Hard Drive has stopped being recognized


First thing to do is to try it on another computer to see if its not your windows playing with you.

If that doesn't work its either the USB controller inside your Hard drive box or the hard drive itself.

The only way to figure it out from there is to open the Hard drive case remove the Hard drive and either try it with another usb module that you know works or plug it right in the computer with IDE or Sata interface.

Jun 01, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Blinking lights and not recognized by computer


Try to remove the internal drive from enclosure and connect directly to PC. Does it show up this way?
Does it make any new clicking/knocking/whirring/grinding sounds like any of these: http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php ?

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No motor sound


Can you say , WARRENTY , I knew you could :-)

May 02, 2008 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

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