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Do you have any important Data on there? If so, this may repair it, butit has chances to destroy your drive /data if you are not careful Wasit loose when you first used it? It could be the USB Connector that isunsoldered.

What you need:
-Tiny plate precision screwdriver, or something super thin (not too big)
like a blade (a screwdriver does a better job)
-Extreme care
-Your WD Passeport drive
-(Maybe) Low power soldering iron
-Patience

My solution would be to open the drive plastic case up.
Youmay use a tiny precision plate screwdriver, and gently insert in thegroove on the side where the light is, or behind it (opposite sidewhere the connector is). BE GENTLE THOSE ARE LAPTOP DRIVES AND ARESUPER FRAGILE! Do NOT Put the screwdriver deep into it, else you maydamage the drive. Once you pop it open after some gentle time, (Thereare no screws, only clips) move the screwdriver to pop out a few clips.Once done, you will see a laptop drive inside, and an USB-sata adaptopwhich connects to the drive. Look, maybe the connector is loose in thedisk itself, or maybe the USB connector is loose / unsoldered. If itneeds re-soldering, do it with a low power iron! Using high poweredirons will damage the components. You will need to remove a thin layerof foil. DO NOT DAMAGE IT! It is REALLY important. You must place itback when you are done else damage to your disk is imminent. You canlift it to unplug the connector. do not force it of, tilt it up anddown a bit to loose it up. do not touch anything else, else you maybreak something and render your drive inoperable permanently!

Ihave the same drive, and once the USB connector got a bit loose, otherthen the plenty of problems it gave me. I open it and it was simpleloose from the disk itself. I've took pictures of some of the steps,and uploaded them for you.

You may find the pictures at http://bzaddict.net/WDPassport

Hope that helps you!



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