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My WD essential 500. The files are there but seem to now be blank

I have had my drive for over a year and has been working file. all of a sudden as of a couple of days ago i am having problem opening files. the unit turns on when connected to PC. however, i can not turn it off on with the switch in front. when I go to the book thru my computer it shows all of my files and folders and actually gives the file and folder sizes. i have pictures, WM files, songs, AVI files on there and can not open any of them. i have notices that the HD doesnt make the usual sounds when it normally tries to read files. it is as if it is just not turning on to read the files.

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Is the power adaptor making any strange noises? if so replace the power adapter, if that dosent work take the hdd out of the enclosure and put it in another enclosure. if that dosent work the hdd itseff must be damadged. take it to a data recovery centre.

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