When i plug it into windows vista it make a small vibrating noise and nothing happens. when i plug it in apple it says its drawing to much power and it seems to **** power for my other external hard drive
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Re: hard drive doesnt turn on
It appears that your USB hard disk is drawing power that exceeds what the computer's USB port can deliver.
If your USB drive has a power adapter, connect it to your USB drive before you connect it to the computer's USB port.
If your USB drive does not have a power adapter/connector then you need to insert your USB drive into a USB hub that is powered from the mains adapter. Connect this hub to your computer's USB port first and then connect the USB drive into the powered hub.
If none of this works then it is possible that you have a faulty hard drive. If possible test this drive in a computer, use a old computer.
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Turn on your computer, plug in your My Book external hard drive (double check that the power is properly plugged into the wall and the hard drive), If nothing happens then right-click My Computer (or labeled just as Computer in Windows Vista or Windows 7), Choose Manage, Choose Storage, Choose Disc Management, towards the bottom of the window you will see Disc0, 1, 2, & so on. Are any of them colored with a Black bar across the top and labeled as Unallocated Space? If so, then right-click in that box and choose create simple volume and format in NTFS. If you don't see your hard drive listed in this window, or if you are unable to partition and format the drive, then most likely your hard drive isn't any good anymore. If it's under warranty, then return it for a new one.
Your BIOS settings will need to allow the drive. If your PC cannot accommodate the 1TB drive then you will have to have a 3rd party software to force it or contact Western Digital . Some mother boards before 2005 are not compatible with a TB drive. Check *********** board specifications to see if it is compatible with the drive. Also some hard drive when install have the ribbon cable backwards that is the "red" line is not in line with the number 1 pin on the drive and this will cause the drive not to be read because the voltage is not being detected at pin 1 on the drive. Check your ribbon cable or sata cable. Check your power supply connection to the drive also it may not be getting the +12 volts need to spin the drive.
if you are running windows, then check the following:
go to control panel -> administrative tools -> computer management -> storage -> disk management.
you probably have a drive (located on the bottom right) that is listed with no drive letter, just assign it a drive letter and see if it comes back, if not, the drive is probably not initializing and you might have to either format it or replace it.
This is because your bios is only configured to recognise up to 250Gb. what you need to do is download the latest bios updates for you mboard, install them on windows. then you shoud have no further problems with the HDD.