Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
I've had this 500gb mybook external hd for about 3 months. My system always seemed a little slow at recognizing it. Today i go to plug it in and nothing. I can hear the mybooks rpm go up and down a few times with a little bit of clicking and then it just spins down and nothing. I've got about 200gig of edited home vids on this thing and hours upon hours of time invested on everything that is in there. Music, photo's ect. some of it unreplaceable. Is there any way to get this thing going or at least transfer stuff off onto another? From the looks of other posts on here these MyBooks aren't worth a S*^#. Can anyone point me in the direction of something that is worth buying? Should I just always have 2 backups going?
I have had this problem with several MyBook hard drives. They work fine for a bit and then the windows xp OS fails to recognize them. If they do show up the computer warns me they are not formatted. My solution does not help fix the MyBook as is. However, if you have data you must have on it this may be of help. I simply opened up the MyBook plastic case. It is different for each drive. The Pro/premiums I have found you must remove the rubber packing to get at the latch area. After I removed the bare drive from the holder I used an IDE/SATA adapter kit with external power and plugged directly into a USB port. The drive was recognized immediately and I offloaded the data. The drive actually works better now then when it was in the Mybook holder. I am taking no chances though and have switched to LaCie drives. Hope this helps somewhat.
Posted on Mar 18, 2008
I have one of these on my desk at work:
It makes diagnosing hard drive problems incredibly easy. Also comes in handy removing stubborn viruses and malware. I'd suggest removing the standard hard drive from the MyBook and attaching it to the StarTech adapter. You'll quickly find out if it was the enclosure or the hard drive at fault.
Posted on Nov 12, 2007
Have you tried to plug it on another PC / Laptop ?
Posted on Nov 11, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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