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WD My Book Essential 1TB External USB 2.0 not working on Vista

Worked the first time I connected it. Left it on overnight and after that it doesnt work. The light keeps going up and down. explorer hangs till I disconnect the drive. WD Diagnostic tool also hangs till I disconnect the drive.
Thinking I should return it. But if it is a simple issue that someone can help resolve, then I will keep it.

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  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    its not a problem with the drive, appears to be a vista problem, if you plug into an xp machine or ps3 it will probably show up. so far i've tried the fix of deleting the windows inf file (google for the exact file name) and no go, its also been said you need a really short usb 2.0 cable to make it work, but i don't know why this would start happening after i've been using it for months already with multiple different cables

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    Same problem, I've been using my drive for a year now...l left it plugged in over night now it does not work. If I disconnect it and try it on other computers in my office it works fine.

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009


    similar problem, works without a problem on XP, on two Vista x64 computers and one Vista x86 takes at least minute and a half to be shown in Windows.

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Retur it. sounds like hard drive problem.

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