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No detection, Blinking Light

I have never had a single issue with my HDD until one day I came home from work and the light on the front of the device is just blinking in a regular timing. It's not listed under my computer and when I disconnected it and unplugged it for a few hours it was still not detected after I hooked it up again. I checked Computer Management and it's not even listed as a drive, I've tried turning it off manually while it was still plugged in and connected, by holding down the center button and it just stays on and remains flashing. Whether it's connected to my computer or not the light on the front blinks, and plugging it in to the PC doesn't even cause it to skip a blink or anything, as far as I can tell it doesn't react to anything except unhooking the power. I'm pretty much at my wits end with this thing and would like to hurl it out the window because I refuse to pay the fee for data retrieval on a product that was built as a POS.

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  • stuhubbard Nov 08, 2008

    I have the SAME problem and so do MANY other people! I only hope that we can find a solution!

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Seems like these things are dying like crazy! I personally would never by WD drive as a backup after seeing so many problems with them.

Does your drive make any unusual sounds like any of these: http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php ?
If yes then you got a problem - it's something mechanical with the heads.
If it sounds normal or doesn't spin up at all - try to connect it to another computer and if still no go - remove the internal drive from enclosure and connect directly to PC via SATA port.

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