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WD - My Book Won't shut off with computer, and now can't locate

So i've been using my My Book for a couple weeks now and it's been working perfectly. Normally it shuts down when the computer is turned off. Last night, it didn't shut down at all. Thought nothing of it, went to sleep. Turning on the computer today, I notice I can't locate the drive at all... it's still connected but can't access it or my Music files that I have stored on it. Do I need to install new Drivers? Any help would be great. Thanks in advance. The only thing I've tried thus far, is pressing the on/off button, but that did not do anything.

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Re: WD - My Book Won't shut off with computer, and now...

I had this problem with my MyBook and finally solved it by downloading "Drive Manager" from the Western Digital site. It works, and it's a lot better than unplugging the HD every time.

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Re: WD - My Book Won't shut off with computer, and now...

Try unplugging Hard Drive, then a reboot of your pc and when the pc comes back plug it and then Power it ON. Hope this Helps Mutahir

Posted on May 20, 2007

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I've had my external hard drive My Book Essential for a while now and had no problems with it until now. I would usually plug it in and the pop up screens would ask what you would like to do like...

The fact that it displays a '0% used' indicator probably means that somehow the data that you have hitherto stored on your external hard drive has been erased. This might not necessarily be the case, so don't panic yet.

The first thing I would try doing is reinstalling any software that came with your WD My Book. Not many external HDDs require additional software to run properly, but if yours does, then I strongly recommend reinstalling that first. I would then try using Windows Disk Manager to see if your computer is recognizing the G: drive as a hard drive, because I have had to use disk manager when I've added additional internal hard drives to my computer. If neither of these work [or you could not find the CD your My Book came with] I would search around online for driver or software updates available for your device.

One thing that I noticed while typing my suggestion for you is that before you attempting using the back up feature on your My Book, the drive for the My Book was (G:) but after you attempted the back up process the drive is indicated as (H:). I think that what might have happened was that when you attempted backing up the My Book, it was partitioned into a storage section (G:) and a section in which the backup data is stored (H:). If you can find and access it, the (G:) drive is likely to still contain all the data that you previously assigned to it.

If this doesn't help, I apologize, but I sincerely hope that your problem will be resolved.

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I have a WD that i've had for a little more than a year, tonight it won't turn on, it shows an icon in my computer and lights blink very dimly except the bottom one which blinks brighter, i have a...

You can try a free program like Recuva to save your data:

A good choice for fast remote data recovery performed over the internet is:

Another reasonably priced choice but you need to ship out the drive is:

Jul 26, 2011 | Western Digital 500GB My Book Pro-External...

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Drive used from march 11 to april 20 no problem. sat for two weeks unused, computer also unused, neither turned on. drive won't mount via FW 800 so i have been using USB 2 for two days, now it...

It sounds like the controller board or the electronics in your WD enclosure have gone bad or gotten fried somehow. The good news is that more than likely all your information is still there. I would try to crack open the outer plastic casing and physically remove the drive. Then purchase an adapter from Amazon (like this one)

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The adapter to my Western Digital Book does not respond

The monitor requires a adapter with a current output of 4 amps. but the Western Digital Book adapter can only supply 2 amps (half the current required by the monitor).
This means using the WD adapter on the monitor will stress this adapter beyond its capacity and continual use of this adapter on the monitor will cause it to fail and/or switch off if it has overload protection.
If you are having problems with the 2 amp adapter on the WD Book, then the power adapter could be faulty or it maybe OK when the adapter cools down.
I suggest you get a 12 volt 4 or more amps adapter for the monitor.
You may need an adapter for the WB book too if the adapter is faulty.

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WD My Book 1TB, not recognised by XP


Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

A couple of ideas:
  • initially, confirm that it is the PC's USB ports that is the issue by trying the WD on another PC;
  • try plugging in a flashdrive, camera to your PC's USB port;
  • if it has been verified that the WD works in other PCs and that the USB port of your computer works, then it could be a registry entry.
Please open "regedit":
  • go to HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\services\USBstor;
  • check the value of the DWORD "Start" it should be 3;
  • If the DWORD "Start" does not exist, pls create it. Right click, New, DWORD value, Start, Value Data = 3.
Incidentally, there is Microsoft KB about disabled/disabling USB here.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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The WD mybook gone from my network

Oh boy , you need to tell me everything you can about what kind of network you have
what kind of computers are connected to said network
I need router names
I need all the data you can give me

I need more information before I can begin to help you on this.


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New WD external drive not showing up in my computer

I just had this problem, go to Computer Management/Disk Management, and assign a drive letter to it, for some reason it doesn't automatically.

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I cannot access western digital 1000 gb

Here is a tedious solution that works. Use MioNet and move all the files you want to keep to another drive or another computer, then delete everything from the MyBookWorld. Remove MioNet from all computers. Next access the drive's built in Shared Storage Manager with a web browser. Check the pdf manual on the install disk to find out how. Create a new shared folder and then move everything you want on the drive into the new folder WITHOUT using MioNet. Map the shared folder as a network drive for easy access. Never, ever, EVER use MioNet again and all should be good. The drive works, the MioNet software does not.

Feb 19, 2008 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

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Wrong Power Adapter

Yes.If the voltage range exceeds the limit,"astalavista baby."
If the voltage is was below recommended,try plugging in Power Only,turn on,leave for a minutes.This should adjust the voltage regulator back to normal.

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