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Our "My Book Pro Edition" no longer appears as a drive

The light no longer appears when the power is on. I am reluctant to reinstall or do much of anything because I am leary of losing the material that I have backed up on MY BOOK Pro Edition Release 1.0. I have this disk. It was installed 2/20/07

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Hi. Western Digital has an FAQ page and they have a detailed instruction how to troubleshoot the unit when its not powering on. So instead of me typing all possible solutions, I will just give you the link because what I have in mind are all there.

Please click here and scroll down to the middle of the page where it says "If it is a power issue....."

Good luck. Let me know if you need further help.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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