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Detects as usb but not the drive, 4 clicks tries to spin

Ok on 500gb hdd I run it off a usb enclosure. It does not recongnize in Disk management, when I go to Device manager it detects it as USB device only not as a drive. Though if I hook another good working drive up it detects it just fine. Some one mentioned uploading drivers from WD site. Is this something that can help the issue. It doesn't spin but more tries to spin, basically clicks 4 then stops. Its my 2nd WD harddrive and 2nd to crash, needless to say I wont' be buying This brand again although in past its all I bought because I thought it was reliable company. I have a 320GB that i bought on a trip to the states, I returned home to South Africa, all's good with the HDD, has all my music and movies and some photo's. And like that "poof" it's not working, I get the blue light, the Sony Viao starts detecting the drive, the kicks up a message that the drive has become disconnected?? I didn't touch it, still a blue light, then there is this funny clicking sound that starts ad does not stop, if i disconnect the USB it stay's on?? I don't know what's happend to the HDD behind my back but I think it might have been bumped off a table and just neatly put back. As the say we live and learn, and what have we learned here?? "WD HDD **** ***"

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"I don't know what's happend to the HDD behind my back but I think it might have been bumped off a table and just neatly put back" well.... i don't think so. i think that you use external HD's as if it where internal. by wich i mean keep em on long, like a normal HD. problem with external is because this technology isn't here long they get overheated very fast, even with a fan. without a fan they can get up to 90 degrees celcius FAST, and damage but also impose a safety risk. IF you MUST have an external HD (serious, get an internal extra) the: get a good brand, with a fan, and only use it temporarely, about up to 30 min and 60 min max as an exeption if you must use it. so instead of watching a 3hr movie form it, copy it to intern HD, watch, then delete it from iternal. if you dont; like to use it that way... it's the only way OR get an internal one. they are only good for back up's, not for any kinda "active/intens" use. so...sry but for now they are just **** and i STRONGLY advise you not to buy one from a "good brand" but to buy none at all. buy an internal extra HD, set as slave, done. i really don't undrstand all these ppl buying external HD's but i guess they sound convenient, but that aside. being burned alive at night cause your ext HD caught fire isn't worth it, plus they WILL live short -1yr- unless used solely as back up medium.

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