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No icon on the desk top. Was working but disappeared for some reason.

My Mac Power book stopped recognizing my WD My Book Essential Edition. No icon on desktop. I checked the power. External hard drive lights up when I turn on the laptop and turns off when I shut it down. I have yet to eject the volume. It just stopped showing up. I am on OS 10.5.7 Help.

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  • phantomlolit May 26, 2009

    I've been having the same problem, but on a PC running Windows XP. For a while it was going in and out and now it doesn't seem to be working at all. The light comes on and the drive shows up on the list, but it doesn't say how much space is on it and won't open if you click on it. The WD button shows up in the toolbar, but doesn't do anything else.

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I had the very same problem. My computer stopped recognising the drive. On the other hand I had it working quite a long time. I suspected it was just overworked. So I switched it off, let it cool down, ( I used an old admin trick and put it in the fridge for a few minutes, in a plastic bag), restarted the computer and connected and powered up the drive. And Voila! It's working great again. I don't know if they have some overheating switch but this worked for me.

Good Luck!

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Try it on another system eg. vista or xp 

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