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My WD5000H1-U00 will not start up when I plug power source in??!

I purchased a WD5000H1-U00 to back up files on and to store photos. It does not have and on/off switch. Since I only use it intermittently, I simply unplugged the power when I did not want it and plug power in to power up and use the drive. Yesterday, when I plugged it into a wall outlet "NOTHING HAPPENS" blue light, no sound, no spin.. nothing!!! Help, what should I do so I can use my drive? Serial Number:WCASUG491194

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Sounds like an internal switch or relay has failed. Not worth it to attempt repair. Were it me, I would open the case and recover the actual hard drive inside, it's probably still fine. For $25 you can buy a new external case to mount the drive in. This way you can save the data.

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