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Western Digital External Hard Drive Won't Boot Up

I have a 500GB Western Digital external hard drive. It initially worked, however recently, when powered on, the hard drive power light will flash/blink continuously. Once the trail version of Memeo autosync ended I can't access my Book. Lights just blink continously. Help please

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  • digs344 Jan 29, 2009

    I have the same WD, and a similar problem. I am a filmmaker and recently had my whole film almost finished and saved to my WD. All of a sudden my whole screen went BISERK ! I lost my whole project, the damn thing won't start. the light just goes on. I AM IRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cathcrcr Feb 02, 2009

    My WD exturnal hardrive will no longer show up in the 'my computer' folder . In the Device Manager directory it only lists as a USB mass storage device so at least that is showing up but the light just continues to cycle as if the device is trying to be read and connect but only stays red.

  • oneillsmail Mar 26, 2009

    My Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500 GB Hard Drive unit will not boot up. It was fine until yesterday, although I had to turn it off manually. Does anyone have an answer to this?
    I tried unplugging the drive for about a minute. Didn't have an affect.

  • Scott Treworgy Mar 26, 2009

    My WD 320GB My Book has worked OK for about three months, but following a long "powered off" spell (two-three weeks) when I next powered it on (connected) the light just blinks for a while, then remains on, then blinks for a while, etc. It never shows up in Explorer, and I can't access it.

    My guess is the power supply, as it didn't give me any read error indications, ever. Now I'm stuck with a piece of junk.

  • Brab1 Apr 26, 2009

    My WD 500gb MY Book worked fine Yesterday 25th April.

    Now when power applied it doesnt do anything other than it "Blinks"

    continuosly .

    System does not pick it up in any way.

    Suspect Power Supply.

    Anybody had exact same problem with a "Fix"?

    If so what was solution.

  • Brab1 Apr 26, 2009

    My Book 500gb.
    Worked ok yesterday 25 April 09.
    Went to use it today, as soon as I applied power nothing except the Light "Blinks" continously. Completely dead, and of course the system doesn't see it.Suspect Power Supply.
    Any body had this problem "Fixed"?
    If so, what was the Fix?

  • realbird May 18, 2009

    I have the WD 500 gig hooked into XP by USB and it won't read. The encloser seems to work fine. When I try to access it it says it isn't formatted yet and do I want to do it now. Of course there is files on it already so do not want to format it. I can see the light blink so can tell it is trying to do something. Was able to get Malware (I think) to scan on it and picked up some minor things so know my data is still there and no spyware on it. About ready to start over and take my losses. Anyone one know how to corret this or should I just start over and lose what I have on there ?

  • stonezter Dec 01, 2009

    So far, I have lost over 2000g of data due to crappy wd external hard drives. the best solution is not to use them



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Take it our of the external encasing and plug it in directly to your motherboard. This has worked for me in the past. I just had my second wd external harddrive crash so now I will do the same process all over again.

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