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Broken usb housing on WD 500 gb my book

I have the WD 500 GB my book. The housing around the USB plug, that is soldered to the small circuit enclosed in the casing, has broken. I am trying to find out whether or not it is possible for me to order a replacement circuit board from WD.

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    Sam I am having the same problem as you had and I want to know if you ever figured it out?

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You should be able to take out the 3.5 drive that is inside and move it to a new enclosure (does not have to be WD) Tiger Direct has them. You can find them at BestBuy or online for less than $40

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I had the same problem and I solved it. Slip off the black case and replace the part thats broken. its cheap. $10 here is the link: http://www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=9501
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Dear karroll.

Im having same as you're problem. but there is solution that might help you, but didnt work for me for some reason..

enter device manager by type devmgmt.msc, select universal serial bus (USB), you can see what problem at USB, right click to conflict port delete the port who's conflict.
restart your computer.


trying to connect your ext. Harddisk again

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