Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

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My WD mybook Essentials 1T has been working fine in the past. I plugged in what I thought was the correct plug for it and heard a POP noise. It doesn't turn on, the drive isn't detected when plugged in. I tried it with the correct plug, in different computers and different outlets. I have a lot of pictures on there that I would be heartbroken if they are lost. Is there anything I can try to do myself before I have to send it out for data recovery?? I'm out of work and can't afford to pay for the data recovery. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

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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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SOURCE: My WD MyBook 500GB drive is causing Windows XP to be self-retardant. (Slows)

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.

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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......

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SOURCE: I just drop my WD external hard disk (Please help)

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:

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SOURCE: wd mybook lights flash and cannot acess drive

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,

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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:

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