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Installing Hard drive in external caddy

WD Book power source broken so putting the hard drive in a new caddy but dont know if to remove the green chip board attached to the Hard Drive.

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No, you don't remove the board. The drive won't work without it. Just install the drive in the case and connect everything up. The computer will find it and assign a drive letter to it.

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sounds like you are using the wrong power supply. Check the amp output on the power plug you plug into the wall make sure its the same as the amp input of your external harddrive

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External drives tend to use power supplies at 12V DC and 1 amp or just a little bit over. You could read the output of the power supply with a digital volt meter. If you have power and the enclosure still refuses to turn on, you could buy another enclosure, another power supply, or just a naked USB to IDE adapter and pull the drive out of the existing enclosure.

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You should be able to take out the 3.5 drive that is inside and move it to a new enclosure (does not have to be WD) Tiger Direct has them. You can find them at BestBuy or online for less than $40

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Getting data off HDD from Caddy ?


I have had similiar issues using caddies there seems to be many connecting parts that can fail or become old and dirty failing to make contact with the hard drive you could remove the hard drive and check these contacts make sure they are clean and making contact

or



You could just remove the hard drive from the caddy and connect it directly inside your computer as a normal hard drive
or

You would have to remove the hard drive and use a usb sata ide kit

you will then have to connect it to your computer using a usb port

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=SATA+Power+Splitter&qpvt=SATA+Power+Splitter&FORM=IGRE


Once connected to another computer to a usb port and power supply you should get a message found new hardware and it should install the drivers it should show on your computer or you might have to install it manually


click start click on computer to open you should see this drive

If you dont.


Click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a Yellow Question / Exclamation Mark? ! or a Red X

you will need to update/reinstall drivers

right click to reinstall drivers.


If you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports (com&lpt) right click update driver


Once you see this drive just click on it to open and copy all or any data you want and save it to another usb drive


or get one of these

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-2-5-SATA-USB-2-0-external-HDD-enclosure-case-AU-/221010079433?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item33753a2ec9


NEW!2.5" SATA TO USB 2.0 external HDD enclosure case AU


Hope this helps.

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I have WD My Book Essential 2 capacity 500 GB. Unfortunately everytime I connect it to the PC and power, does not show as a hard drive and has no driver. I backed up my files on it from the same computer...


you may have a bad drive,but first dose the drive power up not just light up can you hear the drive.
what you have in the box is just a nornal HD in an external box. you can if "absolutely nessesary " remove the HD and put it into your PC as a second drive.
but first you need to know if it is running and if the WD My Book power supple is working.
Have you tried using a different USB cable? a different power supply of the same Voltage & amps.

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How do I disconnect (uninstall) a WD External Hard Drive from my computer? I am using a WD 3200AAK WD External Hard Drive and want to install a 1 TB WD External Hard Drive. I would like to use the old one...


External hard drives don't need any program installed on your computer to run. Your operating system Windows, Linux should handle it as soon as you plug the usb in your computer. The programs included in your WD external hard drive are tools to backup your data.

If you try to hook up your hard drive to a Windows prior to XP, maybe your computer will not handle it.

It is always safer to safely remove your drive using the green arrow icon in the lower right corner of your screen. This way, the drive is shut down properly and you minimize chances of fails when you plug it again on another computer.

Hope this helps!

Feb 08, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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I have a WD 500Gb External Hard drive E-Book. If the power inverter board has failed - how do I replace it? I have searched for the part number (p/n 4060-705002-001rev.a) but no response. What...


You can't replace it, there are no replacement parts for it. If something failed you replace the entire case. So just get a new one from here
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=92&name=External-Enclosures
Just match the size and type of your hard disk - in your case an 3,5" and SATA.

Jan 26, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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My My book essential that is compatible for pc and mac does not appear as an icon on my desktop after installation. When I plug in the drive it reads the contents of my files on my computer but no hard...


I got a tip on here about these mybooks by western digital. what is happening is ether a bad power supply even know it turns on do not be fouled or a bad usb to sata controller inside the case of the drive itself. now what you can do is 3 things:

1. call WD for a replacment
2. forget WD open the drive and take the unit out of it the hard drive is a 1TB cavier GREEN and put it in your computer or buy a new case for it.
3. external drive enclosure you can buy from like amazon.

Here is my link to my tip please do not HATE i know the videos are dark but bare with it and LEARN THRIBE as its for FREE
http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574054-external_usb_hard_drive_data_recovery

There are tips there so read every one!! you will be thanking me later make sure you rate the tip and come back and rate your solution and leave feedback to keep this section free!

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Power loss in external harddrive


Hi mjcole,
Couple things. What model WD drive do you have? Plugging the laptop adapter into the drive chassis may have fried the chassis. You can buy a new chassis and put your drive into it, or you can buy a new power supply in case the one you have has gone bad and you did not realize it. Not likely though.

The power requirements are very specific and the laptop power supply may have been to much for the WD drive.

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I have an wd 500gb external hard drive.it will not power up. i think it is the transformer does anybody know where i can get one or fix it?


With voltmeter, check voltage from the transformer if you think it is a power issue. If it is faulty, Radio Shack may have something with the right size connector and voltage. Ebay is another option. However be forewarned that MyBook by WD are known to blow up the drive controller board. My 500GB "World Edition" did so after 1.5 yrs. Drive spins but no access. Took controller board out and found burned chip pins.

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Computer freezes cause of WDexternal hard disk


does your wd external hard disk use external power or bus power.... if it uses external power this effect could be due to feeding of power from the external power to the usb port...

Nov 07, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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My drive won't start up


Don't use a power strip or surge protector.... try to connect the power supply adapter directly to a wall socket. Always safely remove hardware after use

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320 wd external hard drive


It could be a faulty power adapter, or the control board inside the caddy is gone.
If you have the warranty booklet contact Western Digital , they should register your product and validate the guaranty.
If not go back to the shop the same if you pay with credit card for example, they can track your purchase.

If you do not get a replacement, well the most expensive part of your device is the Hard disk, and if you are lucky, and dont keep turning it on and off it should still be ok.
In this case buy a replacement caddy enclosure for your hard drive, they start from $10. Buy a good one for $25.
There are two kinds, pata and sata, I think yours is sata, check it out.

Apr 09, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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