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No Power to new 640 My Book Drive

I recently bought a brand new Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 640 GB hard drive for my Power Mac G5 running Leopard. When I plugged in the drive, it ran immediately. When I was done I ejected the drive first and then removed the power source. When I plugged it back in, the power light indicator was flashing slowly for a minute and then went out completely. I first checked the wall outlet and USB port to make sure the had power and were running correctly. I then checked to make sure they were plugged in correctly to the wall, the USB port, and into the back of the drive. Yet, I still had no power to the drive, and it would not mount.

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John, Ejected or unmounted may be the difference.  Have you added the drive?  If you only power it up occasionally for back-ups you would leave it off, but for everyday use once it is added you can just leave it on and after you power down then turn it off.  randy320sgi

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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    Randy Wheatley Jan 18, 2009

    John,
    I have had external drives (new) with bad power supplies, that makes more sense. Do you have another adapter with the same volage you can try? You may want to bring it back for an exchange - esp. if it will not power up. If you haven't loaded it up yet bring it back for an exchange.
    randy320sgi


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