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WD Notebook Hard disk power problem

My Western digital (WD) Hard disk has a power problem. It used to work fine and after not using it for a few months, I tried plugging it with the wrong power cord (compaq laptop), it kept flashing on and off.

Later on I plugged it with it's power cord, the same problem happened. The Hard disk will not get powered, instead it flashes on and off.

when I unplug the power cord, the light is regular, so apparently the problem is not from the cord itself, but in the harddisk itself.

Did I destroy anything in the harddisk by plugging the wrong cord, is there a way of powering it on to retrieve my stuff from it?

Please help! thank you!

Maja

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  • Snarfus Jan 08, 2009

    I have the same problem- only my light didn't come on at all. I took the drive out of the case and connected them directly to my computer using a USB2.0 to SATA / IDE cable. All of my information was still on the drive. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to get replacement parts or a new circuit board?


  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    I have the same my book, it worked with my desktop but now it doesnt work my laptop, the light is a little dim, I have the original power and usb cords, can anyone help.

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The power cord connects to a little circuit board inside the case, and the hard drive itself connects to the board. I would think that if you damaged anything it would be the board but not the drive. You could try taking the drive out of the case and connecting it directly to your computer (or you could get a computer shop or computer geek friend to do it if you don't feel up to it). If the drive itself isn't damaged you will be able to read your data.

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