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Problem with my book western digital

My book is not working at all, i will like to know if this drive can be fix or if is possible to recovert all my file that is save in it. please i am very desperate thank you in advance Claudia

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  • mortondj Oct 12, 2008

    computer does not recognize powers up but get a periodic clicking sound

  • H4Help Mar 05, 2009

    Yes exactly, It starts to power up and then a few clicks and it powers down. I have a lot of data on it that I care about, if there is help.



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You may need to extract the drive from the enclosure. The ibook's slick design is a pain for extracting the drive, and doing so without rendering shock or impact onto the internal drive. 

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Important: The user serviceable enclosure will only work with replacement hard drives from Western Digital. Inserting a non-Western Digital hard drive into the enclosure could cause damage or data loss.
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