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Wd elements light blinks

Hard drive feels and sounds like it won't spin up to speed, kind of gets going and then a whirring sound and it slows down. Won't show up on my computer.

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It sounds like you just need some mortar and a few more dead hard drives to start building your dream home. ...

Why we make backups (unless the data is important and irreplaceable). There are some FAQs around that tell you to hit it with a hammer and make an immediate backup if that helps.

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Sounds like the disk reader might be broken. Is the drive old or new?

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SOURCE: WD elements SE 1TB Portable hard drive will power

The external storage device has several major components:

* USB cable

* external power-supply

* disk-drive inside the enclosure

* USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.

Try a different USB cable.
Try a different USB port on your computer.
Try a USB port on a different computer.

Take a multi-meter, and measure the output voltage/amperage of the power-supply,
and compare with the specifications on the label of the power-supply.

Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and attach it as a "slave" drive in a desktop computer, to see if bypassing the USB-to-disk-drive adapter bypasses the problem.

Look at the label on the disk-drive, for manufacturer, product-number, serial-number, and manufacture date. Access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status" to see if the warranty still is valid. If so, the drive can be replaced, at minimal cost to you.

Buy a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Search online for a professional "data recovery service". For a significant fee, they can repair your disk-drive, just long-enough to copy your files to a new disk-drive.

Note that W.D. has a "Customer Loyalty" program. Buy a new W.D. disk-drive through the W.D. web-site, and you'll get a significant discount.

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SOURCE: my wd elements hard drive

An external storage-device has four major components:

* the USB cable

* the power-adapter

* the disk-drive inside the enclosure

* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.

One of these components has failed.

Try a different USB cable.

Try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.

Try connecting to a USB port on a different computer.

Take a "multi-meter" and measure both the voltage and amperage output from the AC adapter, and compare with the specifications on the label on the adapter.

Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and then connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if it works at all.

Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Get the part-number and serial-number from the label on your disk-drive, and access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status", to see if they will replace the device, at minimal cost to you.

Note that W.D. has a "Customer Loyalty" program -- you can buy a new W.D. device, through the W.D. web-site, at a significant discount.

There exist commercial "data recovery" services that can try to repair your device, just long-enough to rescue and copy your files. For example, see: https://services.seagate.com/index.aspx?lng=en-US for a "no data - no charge" guarantee.

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SOURCE: My WD element extrenal hard drive won't open. i can see it in my devices, and the blue light stays on. it also makes the sound saying it's connected but I can't see the device in my comput

First thing, try to change the cable, try a different one, then if it does not work, try to connect the hard drive on another computer, and changing cables as well. This will help you to narrow down the problem to find out exactly what the matter is. If the Hard drive spins properly and it does not produce any click-click sound then it is fine. If all the above fail, then you have to slave the hard drive using its internal SATA connection. You have to open up the hard drive and remove the pin that connects the hard drive to the cable. This will enable you to see the SATA connection. Slave the Hard drive on a desktop computer and see if you can gain access to it. If you can, then consider replacing both the cable and the pin that connects the cable to the hard drive. If your hard drive just spins and you can not access it while its a slave to another computer, then the hard drive has a problem.... Try the methods above, i believe your hard drive did not go this bad...

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My WD element extrenal hard drive won't open. i can see it in my devices, and the blue light stays on. it also makes the sound saying it's connected but I can't see the device in my comput


First thing, try to change the cable, try a different one, then if it does not work, try to connect the hard drive on another computer, and changing cables as well. This will help you to narrow down the problem to find out exactly what the matter is. If the Hard drive spins properly and it does not produce any click-click sound then it is fine. If all the above fail, then you have to slave the hard drive using its internal SATA connection. You have to open up the hard drive and remove the pin that connects the hard drive to the cable. This will enable you to see the SATA connection. Slave the Hard drive on a desktop computer and see if you can gain access to it. If you can, then consider replacing both the cable and the pin that connects the cable to the hard drive. If your hard drive just spins and you can not access it while its a slave to another computer, then the hard drive has a problem.... Try the methods above, i believe your hard drive did not go this bad...

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If you don't hear this, it could be a power problem with the drive or the drive itself may be done.

If you hear the drive spinning, then most likely your data is safe. From there I would suggest trying to plug the drive into another USB port on your laptop, or even into another computer altogether. If it works there, then you most likely are having a driver issue, or perhaps a drive letter conflict.

(For instruction on how to resolve a drive letter conflict, see my response to this post: http://www.fixya.com/support/t8601787-need_driver_8gb_sandisk_cruzer)

Otherwise check the device manager in the control panel to see if you show a "USB Mass Storage Device" show up under your USB device drivers in the list. You may want to right click and uninstall it if you do see it.

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(http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2329300&CatId=3770)

If the drive is not spinning and the power or drive adapter doesn't work, you may have a bad hard drive.

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