Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

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!


Posted by on

  • 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.



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,992 Answers

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.

Posted on Dec 04, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Technician can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Technician (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

How do I format WDD HDD? It comes up in disk part and disk manager, but it tells me it is write protected. It was working fine a few hours ago, after searching online to no avail I come here.

If the Western Digital tools tell you that there are too many bad sectors then it is possible that your drive is failing and will need to be replaced.

Mar 01, 2015 | Western Digital WD7500KMVV 750GB 5400 RPM...

1 Answer

There's no power to my WD My Book Essentials 1.5tb, even if i plug in the power adapter. the indicator light blinks once, then my hard disk runs for a few secs, then it stops. there isn't even a connection...

Change the power supply of the hard drive and everything will be fine. Just remember make a Scandisk after you do this. If you need further assistance or have further questions just leave a comment. Cheers

Oct 25, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

1 Answer

External Disk WD Elements problem

did u format the wd 320 gb already
you have to format it first to work from it

Apr 06, 2010 | Western Digital Elements powered by WD 320...

1 Answer

Hello my hard drive quit working. It say it working properly but won;t show up on my computer can u help

Hello Klpook, Hi, 1. scan your PC with an antivirus software, if the action failed to work, 2. use another PC to check if your Hard drive is good. if the other PC failed to detect you hard drive. 3. Use Hard drive utilities, such as Disk manager for Western Digital to diagnose your HD. If by chance no positive work is done. Your drive is bad.

Feb 23, 2010 | Western Digital Elements powered by WD 320...

1 Answer

Can I use WD Elements 320 to transfer data between macbook and imac?

WD Elements 320 needs to be formatted on OSX before use. The instructions did not come with the product - instead a CD was included in the box with a program called memeo - which was useless. I found out how to format and partition the disk - using disk utility in applications on the Mac. I can't think why you bother with this service if you just wait a few hours and then ask me how to do it! Thanks for nothin

Jan 08, 2010 | Western Digital Elements powered by WD 320...

1 Answer

Local disk error WD My Passport 250GB

Do you connect & disconnect the drive according to WD's recommendations here? Try another cable. (If yours was wearing out, that might explain why it only connected some times.) Try another usb port. Check the power supply (another receptacle) Unplug other usb devices from the system.
See this article. Good luck!

Aug 18, 2009 | Western Digital WD Passport 250GB Portable...

1 Answer

WD HD Media player damaged my hard drive??

Hi Dear! This problem could be solved through a software. You should use Western Digital Disk Manager, your WD hard disk will work properly after using that your WD hard disk pass all test of the software. When it will pass all test it will work properly and in other condition if it will not pass then you should try again so that the software will fix the error and it will made workable.
Thank You

Jul 24, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Premium ES...

1 Answer

Western Digital 1TB Portable Hard Drive has NO POWER

Well if you are still inside the warranty period, you can claim for a replacement. Also check the drive with other PCs. Reply if you need more assistance

Jun 24, 2009 | Western Digital Elements powered by WD 320...

1 Answer

Western Digital removable HD devise not found

For Western Digital Passport make sure you use the prigina;l USB cable or a replacement. They are not all the same. WD uses a propriatary cable with an extra power line I believe.

Apr 12, 2009 | Western Digital Passport WDXML800UE...

1 Answer

Computer freezes cause of WDexternal hard disk

does your wd external hard disk use external power or bus power.... if it uses external power this effect could be due to feeding of power from the external power to the usb port...

Nov 07, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive Logo

302 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Western Digital Computers & Internet Experts

Arora Singh
Arora Singh

Level 2 Expert

180 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2668 Answers


Level 2 Expert

191 Answers

Are you a Western Digital Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides