Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
Try it with another computer. If it still does not work, either the disk has a problem, of its interface is burnt : disassemble the device, and mount the hard disk in another enclosure (perhaps a friend of yours can lend you one, if not purchase a cheap one), to make sure whether the hard disk itself is failing or not.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Heres what you do.
Don't plug your external HD in while the computer is booting up. It's looking for Windows on your external hard drive. Hence the black screen.
Plug your USB or Firewire cable back in once Windows is finished booting up.
Mine does that sometime too.
Posted on Jun 13, 2008
Dude you can still read the drive in Windows. The drive is formatted in Fat16. The partition you are talking about is only to get the USB to recognize the FAT16. Just a boot loader for the device. The problem is the voltage regulator. They are only using a 1 amp that should be a 2 amp. The harddrive has some current draw. When the drive starts flashing it just overloaded the power supply and cant be read by Windows. Simply remove the drive plug it in a IDE interface on the computer and you should be ready to go. You could also replace the voltage regulator with a higher current model, but you must be an expert in soldering SMT......
Posted on Nov 15, 2008
When you drop your hard drive for more than a few inches, you just have
to face the fact that the HD is dead, period. If for some miracle the
drive still works, then it's the work of Jesus/Shiva/whatever deity of
your choice. I'm sorry I can't offer anything more constructive. See
Myth 24 on this page:
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
Just an FYI for anyone else with a similar problem. I had my buddy look at it and it was discovered that the problem was with the power cord.
If your hard drive is still under warranty, call WD and ask that they send you a new power cord. It worked for me instantly.
Worth trying anyway,
Posted on Apr 07, 2009
Inside the case is a regular laptop size harddrive.
Laptop harddrives are 2.5 inches across. (2-1/2 inches. Desktop harddrives are 3.5 inches)
I would suggest the external enclosure the harddrive is in, is defunct.
I would suggest buying a new external enclosure, and putting this harddrive in it. Then just plug the USB cable in, (As you did before), and download your data, to be ready to transfer.
You need an external enclosure that is Sata, and is for a 2.5 inch harddrive. These are relatively inexpensive.
Let me show you some examples:
Posted on May 10, 2009
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