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My Book 500GB does not load

My hard drive was working fine, but one day when i plugged it in, the light goes on but it just doesnt load and read on my computer. Is there anything i could do so i don't loose everything saved on it?

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Ok here is your solution on ALL of these external mybooks by Western Digital... If you are getting a device not recognised, and can't get to your disk in any other way what has happened is it's generic power and usb card that is connected to the hard drive inside it's plastic box has gone out. These western digital essential edition drives which look sealed actually have some tabs on the shiny plastic case about 1 inch in from the front on the bottom. Just put the tip of a streight screwdriver into the cooling slots. Gently pull up and back on the screwdriver bending the slotted area by the outer **** shaped cover 1 inch from the rounded front. Pull up and towards the back. Once you have both sides of the bottom front released, then try to gently pry the bottom center up above the side of the ****. Because there are 4 tabs (2 on each side) that extend down from the main housing with the cooler holes that just rest in a track that is in the inside of the outer shiny **** shell. Then repeat for the top of the drive unit. After a little work you can remove it sliding it all out of the back. Once the outer shell is off, you can pull the drive out with the SATA to power and USB card connected to the drive. There is a metal housing over this card. Remove the 2 screws on the top of the metal housing of the usb&power. Once removed the bad card can be slid down of the drive. You can then just plug the drive in in any SATA port with SATA power inside your computer. Or just buy an external drive housing from tigerdirect or newegg for $20 which will make any sata drive to an USB External. What can I say, Western Digital has crappy cards. I only found this out by my having 2 My Books. 1 worked, and one fowled.. So I took them both apart. Better than loosing my data seeing how they were my backup drives...

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