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Hd only switches on briefly the shuts it's self down

I plug my 1tb wd elements hard drive in and the blue light comes on and the drive spins up, however this only lasts for about 2 seconds then its switches off and is not recognised by my pc

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If it has another connector type ie firewire or usb ( the opposite of what you are using ) then try that.

If its usb then you can go into device manager and un install the usb hub under usb devices etc and re install your motherboard drivers and re connect the hard drive also if you have a laptop or a friends computer you can connect it to temporarily to install it on just to see if it works on there computer - if it does then that means the hard drive is fine if not then it points at the hard drive.

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