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WD 200Gig My Book quit

The lights come on but the computer locks up . . . This happened after it was unplugged while machine was running . . . Is there a data recovery system or re-start inside machine . . . What do I do?

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Re: WD 200Gig My Book quit

The drive sounds like its physically failling. Maybe the enclosure. i would open then enclosure, unless the drive means more to you than the data, you can send it to Western Digi for a replacement, but this does not include recovery. If the data is crucial, extract it, and make sure its the enclosure, not the drive that may be at fault.

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Left my wd book elite unplugged awhile. now computer won't recognize it. plugged in same way and in same position on my desk

Try plugging the usb cable directly to a usb port on your computer and not through a usb hub. Also make sure the ac adapter for the Western Digital is getting power and the light on the drive is on. Also a recent update to your virus program could be blocking it( it happened to mine).
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The 1.0 TB External drive just quit being recoginized to either of my computers. It makes the connect and disconnect sound when plugged and unplugged but the computers never give me a external hard drive...

Do you know I had this exact same problem with my WD 1tb. What I done was stripped out the hard drive. Bought a SATA Drive Hub . And copied all data to another hard drive..
Hope this helps.

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Wd2000JB formats as a 20GB drive, whats wrong?

3 things to verify.

1. Check if there is any other jumpers other then the salve one or master.

2. Get in the computer management. Go in the control panel/ Administrative tools/ computer management. once there click on disk manager and see if it is actually a 20 Gig partition instead of 200Gig.

3. the drive might be defective in that case go on the Western Digital website and download the utility to test your hard drive.
WD support area for WD2000JB

Oct 29, 2010 | Western Digital (WD2000BB) 200 GB Hard...

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Hello, my name is Thomas, im not quite sure that matters but, i bought a new WD hard drive about 4 months ago, after i bought a 160 GB hard drive a few years back. I'm very pleased with WD hard drives and...

Externals can be a pain. Mainly because of their casings that can cause failures to happen for no apparent reason. If your warranty will be expired and/or the drive is not showing in "Computer Management - Disk Management" I would suggest removing the casing from the external and plugging the hard drive you've extracted from the case into a desktop.

If the drive is still not recognized after being installed into a desktop I would look into data recovery. My personal favorite data recovery software is Knoppix which is an OS(linux) booted from disk.

Sep 26, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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My 500gb wd external hard drive is no longer recongnized by my laptop. I'm using a dell Latitude D620

Please post the OS in use when asking computer questions.It may be that the usb port has lost connection by plugging and unplugging the Hdd. Quite common.
You need to look in control panel > system > device manager.There you will see an ! mark over the device that is not working. By right clicking the icon you will have the opportunity to "uninstall it". Then close those windows down > close the machine down > plug the Hdd in and restart the machin. It should find the disk again. If not, remove it as above and replug after the machine is fully started

Sep 22, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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I have the WD tera byte hard drive and I plugged it in after many months and it will not show that it is working?? Also, a lock is showing up above the one bright light on the hard drive...any advice?

It could be a few things, some of them caused by hardware (the gear and computer and this "my book" backup device) and some by the software you are accessing it (the Operating System, etc).

What makes it tricky is that you probably have data on this you don't want to loose. It might be too late for that, without serious trouble shooting, so the order of the steps we use to troubleshoot and fix it could be important.

I'll need to know your
1) OS (widows XP? Vista? Ubuntu???)
2) What you did when you plugged it in as well as
3) what happened last time you shut it off/unplugged it
4) what you're currently doing or have tried.
5) how precious the data is on the "My book"
6) and do you have access to another computer?
7) did you change anything on the "My book"?

If the system is on, don't turn it off or unplug it yet.

Sep 05, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Home Edition 500...

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Does not start

here is a link to WD website help support site just fill in the blank and hopefully ppl at WD will answer your question fast hope this helps

Jul 20, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Home Edition 500...

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Works in Ubuntu, not in XP

Your problem is that you have formated it with Linux file system if you want to use it on Windows you need to reformat using Fat32 or NTFS file systems. You can also use

Good Luck!

Jun 19, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Win98se i did it ... HERE'S HOW

OK, I bought this Western Digital MyBook 500 GB Essential Edition too, and could not get it to work with Windows 98 SE.

I followed the above instructions, but my version of windows was missing even the drivers suggested above! UGH!

HOWEVER, I found ANOTHER SOLUTION. I installed USB 2.0 drivers for mass storage and the the MY BOOK icon popped up on my Windows 98 SE machine. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Here are the drivers from this british webpage:

Good luck to all you frustrated folks scooping your info off Windows 98 machines!

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