Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
Hey all, my 500gb Mybook randomly stopped working, power light would flash when it was plugged in but the drive wouldn't spin. I took it apart to find a SATA drive inside, which, plugged into my computer, will spin, but for some reason my computer doesn't see it. The closest I've gotten to making my computer recognise it is having the whole system hang when it comes to it in the POST. Could be the motherboard or something. I've installed the drivers (starts fine when the drive isn't plugged in), tried plugging it into a different plug on the motherboard, plugging it in after the computer's started and booted windows (which makes the computer suddenly run much slower but still doesn't show the drive), searched the net for an answer and I'm running out of ideas. I suppose technically this is no longer a MyBook problem but an internal SATA drive problem, but since it came out of a MyBook I was wondering if anybody else had the same problem to the same solution (removing the hard drive from the external enclosure to use as an internal).
I really, really don't want to lose all the data on that drive...
Dude you can still read the drive in Windows. The drive is formatted in Fat16. The partition you are talking about is only to get the USB to recognize the FAT16. Just a boot loader for the device. The problem is the voltage regulator. They are only using a 1 amp that should be a 2 amp. The harddrive has some current draw. When the drive starts flashing it just overloaded the power supply and cant be read by Windows. Simply remove the drive plug it in a IDE interface on the computer and you should be ready to go. You could also replace the voltage regulator with a higher current model, but you must be an expert in soldering SMT......
Posted on Nov 15, 2008
Dudes, there's a UNIX partition on those WD MyBook drives. You need to delete those partitions and format the drive. Then it will work like any other HDD.
Posted on Jul 15, 2008
Right click on My Computer, choose "Manage" and you should get a window where you can choose "disk management" on the left h side, this shows you all drive connected and their status - you should see your default computer drive as well as the new MyBook drive - it also should tell you information about the status of the drive, what partitions it has etc. If not, you may be out of luck. If it does show, you can either use a data recovery program like data rescue or try reformatting it if you don't need the data. Though I would be very cautious about trusting anything important to the drive if you get it working
Posted on Jan 09, 2008
My MyBook 500GB recently failed. The old "click... click... click..." HDD problem on boot up. I noticed that when the thing was left to cool right down, that it booted, but didn;t work 100%. So i put it in a plastic bag in the freezer for 6 hours and now it works fine. I am just recovering data from it and then I will return it under warranty...!
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I uninstalled the drive, rolled back xp to pre install. Updated my bios (ASUS m2npv-vm motherboard). reconnected using firewire again and now it works ok. On the 1st install I changed the drive mapping as soon as I had connected. this time I left it, rebooted and once it was working then I changed the drive mapping. Now it works fine.
Posted on Mar 06, 2008
If it's making a clicking, rattling, or "leaking" (like the sound of air whistling out of a balloon) then the drive may be damaged and it's time to contact Western Digital support.
Posted on May 26, 2008
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