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Western Digital 500GB My Book Essential won't start just clicks

When i start my book up,it just clicks 3 times,waits and clicks 3 more times,dont know whats going on,cant find icon to open or uninstall it or even to reinstall it. please someone help me out
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  • wendybink Sep 28, 2008

    I have the same problem. Lots of power failures this week due to high winds. I think that's what caused the clicking. Any ideas what other solution there may be? The power button fix didn't work for me. Thanks in advance.



  • Anonymous Sep 28, 2008

    I'm running Windows Vista and my WD 500G EHD is experiencing exactly the same problem. My computer doesn't recognize it.

  • RICKALLEN69 Sep 28, 2008

    MINE DOES THE EXACT SAME THING, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION.

  • wade_302 Oct 01, 2008

    i have the exact same problem. any idea how to fix this yet?

  • vlford4027 Oct 24, 2008

    No clicking, nothing, no power at all. I even tried a newer power supply from another 500g My Book.I use both Windows and Vista on this drive, any suggestions?

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Here try this...unplug everything including the power cable...press and hold the button on the unit for 10 seconds. after that hook the unit back in the power cord first..and it should work...files and everythin are there...I got this from tech support and it worked for me

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Bought 2 of these drives not 3 months ago. Shot a short film - Used 1 as a backup. After less than a month started having the same problems. Every other time they were unreadable and were clicking. Lazy703's solution worked for one of the drives once before, I believe, a few weeks ago, which was the last time I tried using the HD's. The other wouldn't turn on at all, so I decided to exchange it for a new one. The new one failed and started clicking the next day! Haven't messed with them since. Just went to use them now and sure enough, same problem again. After browsing diff sites and solutions, and I read something about using diff power supplies. I realized I had lost one of the power cords and was using a diff one (not the one that came with the HD's). Plugged it in just now and both booted up fine.
Possible Solution: Make sure you're using the supplied power cords...

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Sounds like your drive is failing
the clicking you hear is the read head bangin' on the disc - this is common with failing drives.

you can try removing the drive and install it as a slave in your PC and maybe you can get some data from it, assuming it is not completely dead.

thanks for rating.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

I tried that but it doesnt work for me

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

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Western Digital-My Book Essential 500GB Ehas no 'button'

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Lazy703 posted this and my god, IT WORKED!!! Thanks So Much!!!

Here try this...unplug everything including the power cable...press and hold the button on the unit for 10 seconds. after that hook the unit back in the power cord first..and it should work...files and everythin are there...I got this from tech support and it worked for me

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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