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WD my book 500Gb probs

I have a problem I haven't seen anywhere on the net. This usb drive shows up in windows explorer. The folders also show up, but explorer says that there are no (0) files in the folders. I used this drive as a complete backup to my computer, and for extra storage, and the data is irreplaceable. The blue light on the front of the drive is lit, and the disk is spinning.

Any suggestions? HELP!!!!!!

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Hi wnckevin,

Have you tried goggling for data recovery software. There are a lot of free ones if you had that to your search. But, I've used several paid for ones that worked. I'd try to trail versions to download and first see if can read the drive. If it can't the next thing I would do, is to dismantle the case around the hard drive, and take out the physical hard drive and switch the back pins to Slave, and add it to your computer. (make sure you have your main drive as Master) Then as a slave drive you have a lot more options to recover data.

Good Luck
Mark

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