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Flashing light on WD 500GB External Harddrive

My computer will not recognize the hard drive since it started flashing. How do I fix this or reset the hard drive?

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    my computer does not recognized my maxtor external hard drive. I cannot recover any data from it

  • HJGR Dec 06, 2008

    I have not used ours for a long time. when I hooked it up all it does is flash. If I took it in to Best Buy, could they retrieve the dats?

  • GloomM Jan 08, 2009

    same problem, not used it in a while, now it just flashes

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    sameproblem




  • knapphf Jan 18, 2009

    Same problem (computer does not recognize drive) with my Maxtor Personal Storage 3100 80 GB. Worked perfectly in the past -but now, nothing.

  • ccphoto Mar 29, 2009

    this is brand new, and was used as backup to last year's 1tb WD MyBookwhen I needed drivesavers to retrieve my data. Different problem with this one. Lighton drive just flashes but will not come to fully lit/on.

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have a fairly new MyBook home edition. I read something on another forum but I cannot confirm its accuracy. It said that the circuit board is fried/damaged and the device is not getting enough power to make the device function (aside from the quick flashing lights).

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    I have an HD160 and the light does not stop flashing. A first time it started with the problem it sort of fixed on its own, however I can not get it to work. I checked the power supply circuit and voltages are working fine. Anybody knows how to reset it?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    computer won't recognize WD 250 external hard drive

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    my external hard drive is no longer recognized and starts to spin up then clicks and stops

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This may sound silly,but sometimes if you put the drive in the freezer overnight it will work long enough for you to retrieve your data.Make sure you are ready to copy the data to another as it will likely fail again once it warms up.

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