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System crashed during external drive firmware update. Now WD MyBook is not recognized on system (Windows 7, XP, or Snow Leopard). Unable to identify a driver to install. Suggestions?

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Why did u upgrade ur Firmware....99.9% of the time upgrades of Firmware spoils the hardware....

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