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NO POWER IN WD MY BOOK ESSENTIAL. THINK THE POWER ADAPTER NOT WORKING MAYBE THE HD IS FINE THERE'S NO BLUE LIGHT THOUGH

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May sound stupid, did you try another outlet? Also, you may have to have it connected to a working USB port to get the light to come on....

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Hi, I have a WD external HD (my book essential) that doesnt seems to be read by any of the pcs I've tried to plug it on. It doesnt make a sound or even blinks that blues light. I tried to change...


This unit requires separate AC power. If the blue light is not on to begin with - indicating power, no PC will be able to read the USB. There is a hard disc in the unit that needs to spin...it is not solid state like a thumb drive.

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I have WD My Book Essential 2 capacity 500 GB. Unfortunately everytime I connect it to the PC and power, does not show as a hard drive and has no driver. I backed up my files on it from the same computer...


you may have a bad drive,but first dose the drive power up not just light up can you hear the drive.
what you have in the box is just a nornal HD in an external box. you can if "absolutely nessesary " remove the HD and put it into your PC as a second drive.
but first you need to know if it is running and if the WD My Book power supple is working.
Have you tried using a different USB cable? a different power supply of the same Voltage & amps.

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files must be "imported" into your new mail program.
the new computer may have a newer or different version.

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That could even be a USB problem, I have the same one, my issue turn out to be just power. You are not the first one to have that problem. Replace the USB cord and see if that affects anything.

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The monitor requires a adapter with a current output of 4 amps. but the Western Digital Book adapter can only supply 2 amps (half the current required by the monitor).
This means using the WD adapter on the monitor will stress this adapter beyond its capacity and continual use of this adapter on the monitor will cause it to fail and/or switch off if it has overload protection.
If you are having problems with the 2 amp adapter on the WD Book, then the power adapter could be faulty or it maybe OK when the adapter cools down.
I suggest you get a 12 volt 4 or more amps adapter for the monitor.
You may need an adapter for the WB book too if the adapter is faulty.

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If it's less than a year old, call WD and get a replacement power brick and see if that works.

You could of course also buy a replacement and see if that works.

If the unit is not powering up, the HD inside is almost certainly good. Data recovery is trivial. All you have to do is open the case(hard part) and remove the hard drive. Find a desktop you can install it into and copy the data to a new external HD. If you don't have a a desktop available, you can buy a USB to SATA adapter with a power adapter for about $15-20 that will work well. If you're creative you could probably re-install one of these kits into the existing enclosure for a permanent fix.

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I think you have burn your power supply coord! Sometime powercoord have the same plug but the voltage are not the same laptop run sometime at 18v when hd is at 12v. On your HD look arround the power coord hole, you should be able to find wich voltage you need to operate it!

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I can't locate my power adapter for my WD storage devivce


they all use 12V , so just get any 12v transformer that fits
the amp is i think 3.1amp or near.

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Don't use a power strip or surge protector.... try to connect the power supply adapter directly to a wall socket. Always safely remove hardware after use

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