Question about Western Digital 500GB My Book Pro-External 500 GB Hard Drive
I have a western digital 320G HD that worked fine last time I used it (about 1 month ago). Its been stored in the same location it has always been so it has not been subjected to any trauma. I plugged it in today, and now the power indicator is flashing and it will not register on the computer. is there any fix for this?
SOURCE: WESTERN DIGITAL
wiggle the cable connected to the drive gently up and down and side to side
I have the same problem with one of my drives, by doing the above it works. I think the connector inside "the conatcts" don't make good contact with the cable
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Posted on Jan 09, 2008
try connecting it o another computer and check
if not yet, use only the WD USB transfer wire supplied in the box.
because WD External HDD only recongize its own USB and none other.
Posted on May 03, 2009
It might be the power adapter. I had one of these and two Maxtor external drives that just clicked that way and it turned out their adapters were bad. You can check with another adapter if you can borrow one from another drive, or use a replacement from Radio Shack. Make sure you get the same voltage and current rating marked on the original.
If the adapter isn't at fault, the small circuit board in the enclosure may be the trouble. You can remove the drive from the case and connect it to directly to a computer power supply to see if spins up properly.
If the drive still doesn't spin, it's bad. This is a common way for a drive to fail. Unfortunately, this leaves you with a drive that you can't read. Hopefully you've backed your important data up on CD or DVD.
Posted on May 21, 2009
Go to add new hardware wizard. This may not come with a disk if you do have a disk it will ask you to put disk in. If you do not find it there go to the HCL directory of the western digital website for installation directions.
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
HOW TO BYPASS THE CRAPPY SOFTWARE
1. Install WD Smartware and update it.
2. Run Virtual CD (VCD) Manager at http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilities
to remove the virtual CD drive.
3. Use Control Panel add/remove programs to uninstall WD Smartware.
4. Everytime When you plug the hard drive in Windows will come up with the look for drivers window hit 'Cancel'
5. Now use it as an ordinary hard drive!
Posted on Nov 23, 2009
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