Question about Western Digital 250GB MyBook External USB 2.0 250 GB Hard Drive

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I have a western digital external hard drive "my book" 320 GB model # WD3200D032 that doesn't show up as being a connected drive on my computer but when it is plugged in my computer says that it has detected it and that it is ready for use...also it makes a clicking noise when it is first connected. I have used it before and put data onto it so it has been working before I am just wondering what made it stop working...any ideas? Thank you

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My hard drive was dead and wasn't recognized by the computer, it didn't even start, just a few clicking noises, which according to some of the experiences is the same as a DEAD Hardisk. Anyways, as I read that sometimes this happens as a result of a hit, well, I wacked my HD as a last hope for it to recover its "memory" (as in the movies) and believe me or not, it worked! I don't know if this might help yours, but it saved mine! 
The way I did it was like this: I started the pc and when the HD started to run and I heard a couple of clicks, I hit it against the table while in vertical position (assuming that the arm of the HD might slightly move better that way) one time, and then when the spinning and the first click was heard agin I hit again. After that I heard the typical searching sound of a HD, and you can imagine I started to pray that what I heard wasn't my anxiety sound (if it has any). Now I am a firm believer in the old trick of whacking the old TV to get the vital signal back! 
Good luck to you too!

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THis The System Make a connecting noise? as it make when a usb devise is connected sucessfully?

if it does then:

1. leave the drive connected and restart the PC. and then disconnect and attach it again. and wait for a minute or so.
then see if it is been detected.

2. leave the drive connected and insert XP cd and boot the system. and when it shows partions to install XP can you see a Separete disk below showing [MBR] memory.

if it does then it means there is a problem with the windows and reinstall the windows, but 1st try reinstalling USB driver.

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

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Yes. The case doesn't care what size the drive is. The computer is just asking for the USB driver for the case. Check the WD site for the driver for the model of MyBook that you have. That should cover it.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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SOURCE: western digital 250gb my book external makes a clicking noise

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This sounds like an amperage issue.

The elements drive is made to be highly portable and comes without an external power supply. As such you need to connect the drive to your PC using both USB connections on the Y-Cable it came with. Failure to do so will leave the drive with less amperage than it needs to run at full RPMs.

Everytime you try to read or write to the drive, the loss of amperage will cause it to reset. This may cause data loss depending on what the drive is doing.

If it did not come with a Y-Cable, stop in at your local PC store and buy one as this will solve the issue. If it did, and it is having this problem even with both USB plugs connected then it's likely there is a fauly circuit in the enclosure. Have it replaced un WD warranty if able, if not reply back and I can advise you how to swap it into a new enclosure.


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SOURCE: Western Digital External HD Model: WD3200D032-000

You have to convert a GPT disk to MBR by using the clean command in DiskPart. See more details here:

Posted on Oct 28, 2010

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