Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

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My book not recognized by windows

Unplug it from the crowded power strip and plug it into one that does not have any thing plug with it and it will work!

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  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    Had same problem... that was amazing! How'd you know?

  • Rocky Burnet Aug 27, 2008

    I have a Powerbook G4 lap top and I plugged in a My Book Essential Edition 500 GB USB into it and it nothing appeared on my desktop.


  • 007dabomb Jan 14, 2009

    Any luck guys? I have the same problem as above. Don't know whathappened, the drive would not show in My Computer, I have tried it in 4different computers with vista/xp. I can't access any of my data.Please help if you have found a solution. I am using WD Home Edition250gb. I tried WD tech support, they are incompetent.

  • james hinchey Oct 08, 2013

    thank you so much i almost had as anerisum!

  • Ron Pelton
    Ron Pelton May 30, 2014

    With all of us having the same issue I do feel maybe it is time to join together and file a class action lawsuit. I run a photography business and can not access of 2 TB of images I need NOW. Mine is less then a year old and now I am totally screwed

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I had a similar problem that I just fixed. The drive was not being recognized at all - I unplugged, rebooted, switched to different computer, used different usb cable, plugged into wall outlet, NADA!

Then I tried something else - I just bought 2 more external hard drives and I switched the power port from the new one to the old one and the hard drive was recognized. I plugged the old outlet into the new hard drive and that worked, too. PHEW!

I had almost 100Gbs of music on there!

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OMG. I spent about 3 hours, re-installing windows, downloading USB drivers, messing with registry entries, downloading microsoft hotfix's, and NOTHING.

Then I read this and though, oh please, that will never work. Well IT WORKS!

Unplug from the end of a lead and send it straight to the mains.

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Thank you thank you. I was at the end of my rope. It worked

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Holly crud!!! That really did work. I got the drive for my birthday, and I thought it was going to become my next door stop. But when plugging into the wall instead of my powerstrip, Bingo!! Works like a charm! Thanks,
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Download Recuba(data recovery software) buck up as much as you can and format My book

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To me it was the power plug and network cable combo.
1. moved the power cord to the wall mains -- didnt work.
2. almost gave up had an idea to change the cable to a different one.
3. Worked! Yay! so yeah, the power cord direct to main DOES work!

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    Ron Pelton May 30, 2014

    guess you are the lucky one, did not work for me..

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It didn't work for me :(
If anyone has any other solutions can you please contact me at:
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Posted on May 03, 2010

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    Ron Pelton May 30, 2014

    ditto did not work

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Holy **** it worked! I was soooo worried that I would have to buy a new one and lose all of my files, but it worked!

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

That did not work


if you find anything that does, hit me up at: arrogantmodesty@tmail.com

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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Mine stopped working when I moved it to another location. When I read this, I thought about the power cord, I had misplaced it and used another one....so when I found the original power cord, plugged it in, and it worked. Don't know why it is so specific but I've heard the same thing goes with USB cords, too. Try using the original cords (or a better- -quality replacement if you HAVE to replace them.)

Posted on May 11, 2010

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I am still pity amazed but it did work must be sumthing to to with the interchangeable powered connectors ?

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