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1TB My Book Home Edition will only flash the light on front

I've plugged my My Book into my desktop PC and my Mac Laptop for a year and no problems.  Just a couple weeks ago we had it hooked up to the laptop and were printing holiday pics.  brought it back up to the office and now when we plug it in the light on the front flashes and THAT'S IT!  all my digital pics are on there... please help...

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  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    I have the same problem. It does not do anything except flash quick flashes on the front of the drive. does not respond by pressing the power button on the back, not plugging into a computer. please help me restore this data!

  • yungyung79 Apr 21, 2009

    Basically MyBook Home 1 TB cannot be recognized

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Hello my drive just flashed lights quickly and I knew that what it was doing wasn't the normal. I just disassembled the drive and the Hard drive is in working condition when I tested it in my computer, sooo the chassis was screwed up, thus it needs a new external housing, and it's a really sad deal that something so simple isn't fixed by them bastards @ western digital, they told me to go to one of their two certified groups for "data recovery" which I saw one site say "starting @ 645$" so I said screw that!

So now I have to either live with this being internal or buy a new case, though I love the functionality of this case: esata, 2 firewire, and usb 2.0.... what I shame that I'll have to ditch it...

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  • ctsstc Sep 03, 2009

    OMFG :D soooooo glad right now.... So it was all disassembled and I put power to the external casing component and I thought I heard it even shorting out on the little chassis it sits in, and it probably was... but I just held the power button and all the lights lit up.... and I thought to myself... hmmm, then I held it for a but longer and I think all the lights turned off... so I removed the power to it and plugged the HDD back into it, and voila! I heard noises coming from the drive! and then all the light operations worked like they should and the computer detected it :D:D:D:D:D: soooooooo happy now :)

    It's almost a mystery how it worked out exactly... but I'm sooo flippen glad
    But defiantly might consider WD b4 buying another external from them... or maybe all companies are that annoying...


  • ctsstc Sep 03, 2009

    you might find this helpful ; )
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Disassem...

    I dont think it showed up but I wrote something earlier that said that if you color the LED Extender with a sharpie marker, then you can change the default white light in the front to what ever you want, I used a nice sky blue it's GG now it almost makes me **** in my pants when I see it XD... <-- drool

    But just color the end of the LED Extender where the light enters, and for a better effect I applied maybe 4-7 coats onto it, and I colored 1-2 inches up on it until I met up with the little bridge it has on it.


  • ctsstc Sep 03, 2009

    New Colored Lights and it's working :D

  • ctsstc Sep 03, 2009

    Used to be white, just little fyi for anyone who doesn't have a My Book Home Edition, it's Home Edition if it has the quad hookups in the back: eSata, 2 Firewire, and usb-mini 2.0

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