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Light just flashes when plugged in, no drive activity

Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB...

Light just blinks, no 'cylon' movement like usual.

I assume something is permanently damaged. I bought it at Circuit City about 6 months ago...is there any warranty or way I can troubleshoot or fix it? Send it somewhere?

Any help, please.

-Kevin H.


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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    I had the same problem I am going to send it to salvage recovery place. The indicated the drive had a board failure and additionally would may have damaged other parts of the drive. I believe the chip issue since it has a usb board that then drive the traditinal drive.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    same problem the light blinks but no activty! :(

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Inside the casing there should be a standard sata/ide hard drive...take the whole thing to a pc shop and ask them to test the drive.....the chips in these casings seem to be really fragile....i've had a few that have had a very short life...but the drive inside is usually ok so only needs a new casing....you can also remove the drive from the casing and put it in a desktop as a secondary drive to test the drive and try to recover data

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