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I have an external hard drive where no lights come on when powered up

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  • Roger
    Roger Aug 11, 2017

    Hi fmuller88, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? Is this a USB powered Ext HDD(2.5") or a wall powered unit(3.5")?

  • fmuller88 Aug 11, 2017

    It is a western digital 3.5

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Do you have access to a multimeter or voltmeter? If you do you can check the voltage coming out of the adapter and make sure it matches what the power adapter says it is. If it doesn't, then it is the power adapter. If it does, then it is the drive or enclosure.

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Maybe try it on another computer at a friends place or at work ?

If it won't work then it's likely damaged. But before disposing of it, take it to a shop for them to make sure.. ?

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Take it our of the external encasing and plug it in directly to your motherboard. This has worked for me in the past. I just had my second wd external harddrive crash so now I will do the same process all over again.

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