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Need to fix My-Book external hard drive with a shorted interface (plugged in the wrong power adapter, duh!) - can I ge a replacement interface as the drive and the data may be OK!

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If you used the wrong power supply you may have damaged a diode on the circuit board that you could replace. look at the board maybe check with radio shack and you might find a repalcement. bit of long shot but that is all i have for you and good luck

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How can I use a regular hard drive as an external hard drive?


Yes.

you have to use an adapter between the drive interface (connector, usually SATA) and the interface on your computer (usually USB)
You may buy such adapters, or usually ("caddy") separate boxes with an interface already built in. For 3.5 in drives, and some 2.5" drives used with USB 2.0 you will need an external PSU (or for the 2.5" rives referred to a special cable)
Such items are readily found on ebay or from computers suppliers
random examples (not recommendations) eg from Amazon. one of the examples is a universal type kit for all drives with only the bits (no case) -this only for short term use.
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Mar 10, 2015 | Hard Computers & Internet

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WD500H1U-00 Western Digital 500GB MY BOOK external hard drive does not turn on power. There are two cables, one goes from external hard drive to computer and then another one is a power cable. It does not...


Believe it or not, unplug the AC adapter (Power Adapter) from the surge protector, and plug it directly into the wall socket.
Try this first.

1) I believe the power adapter is rated at 12 Volts DC, and 2 Amps, for the output voltage, and amperage.
(12 Volts times 2 Amps = 24 Watts.
12V X 2A = 24W)

Use a multimeter, and test the voltage coming out.
You can buy an economical multimeter for around $8 to $12. A lot of stores carry them. An auto parts store is but one place.

The plug end that plugs into the laptop, is cylindrical in shape, and has a hole in the center.

This is DC voltage you are testing.
The metal center of the plug is Positive. The outside shield surrounding the plug is Negative.

The Function Knob should be turned to DC Voltage.
(If it is a symbol, it will be a dotted line above a solid line.
NOT a curved line on a dotted line. This is for AC voltage)

If there is more than one scale, set the Function Knob to DC voltage 0-50 Volts.

The Red probe lead of the multimeter is the Positive lead.
The Black probe lead of the multimeter is the Negative lead.

AC adapter plugged into power, the Positive probe lead is inserted into the center of the plug.
Be SURE it doesn't touch the outside metal shell at any time.

The Negative probe lead is touched to the outside metal shell.

See if the voltage reads 12 Volts.

AC adapter (Power Adapter) checks out OK?
Suggest there is a problem with the small circuit board inside the MyBook.

Inside the MyBook WD500H1U-00 is an ordinary harddrive.
It is a desktop sized harddrive. 3.5 inches across in width.
(3 and a half inches, or 8.9cm)

It is a SATA harddrive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlySnyJ0CQ

Inside that plastic MyBook case is also a small circuit board. An interface circuit board.

The harddrive plugs into the interface circuit board directly, or there is a cable, or cables, that plug into the harddrive from the interface circuit board.

It is this interface circuit board that goes bad most of the time.

You can remove the harddrive out of the MyBook case, and put it inside a desktop computer that uses SATA harddrives, as a Slave drive.
Retrieve your information, and burn to disk/s, or flash drive/s.

{DO NOT move any jumpers on the back of a SATA harddrive. These are for the factory ONLY}

Or you can buy an adapter that the harddrive plugs into, and it has a USB cable.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2583340&CatId=3770

Or you can put it into a 3.5 SATA external enclosure, and use it as an external harddrive again.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780


For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 03, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I overvolt the drive with the wrong adapter for my book essential and now the light keeps blinking. what should i do? can i retrieve back the files?


First of all, all external hard drivers are actually hard drive themselves, they're only outside your computer. you can still retrieve your files using the conventional way by removing the hard drive and connecting it to your computer. If your not comfortable doing this then have someone open the computer and the external hard drive for you. Usually if you'll drain the flea power, this is done by removing the adapter from the wall outlet while the device is on, will somehow correct the problem. If not then the power supply regulator is damaged and you will need to replace it. You can still use the hard drive that's inside you My Book Essential device only if you still want that hard drive to act as your back up then you will need a hard drive enclosure. you can buy this from any computer shop.

Jun 25, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Dropped it want read


First off....most people don't like to answer these posts because nobody wants to hear that the drive is most lilely broken and the data lost...the fact is, these external hard drives or any hard drive for that matter are not built to be dropped unless they are built to military specifications.....now with that said, there is the possiblitiy that only the interface between the external case and the hard drive itself has been damaged. There is a small plastic circuit board inside the enclosure that houses the SATA connection of the hard drive with the USB connection of the enclosure. This interface allows the hard drive to communicate externally with any computer. These little circuit boards are very fragile and are usually the first things to go when something bad happens. The drives themselves are fragile but not as much as the interface. What I would suggest is that if you need to get to your data....disassemble the enclosure and buy a SATA to USB hard drive adapter at a computer retail store and attach the removed drive to the adapter and plug it into a usb port on the computer. The computer will then power the drive through the usb port and if all goes well will recognize the drive and display the drive under the "My Computer" icon. You can then access your files. To disassemble the My Book, look for a small circle on the side of the case, on one side is a sticker that covers an attachment screw. Remove the screw and then on either end are catchment teeeth that have to be disengaged from the mounting try inside the enclosure. The outside of the enclosure slides open from the rest.

May 24, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Home Edition 500...

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I have a SimpleTech 320 GB external hard drive. It suddenly stopped appearing in My Computer. When I turn it on, it makes a repetitive sound that seems like a warning of some kind...what is it? It sounds...


Hello and welcome to the TSF. If the external drive has provisions for external power you'll need to plug that in, usb ports cannot power a 320 drive. If the drive has 2 usb plugs (one for additional power) you'll need them both plugged in, and I would suggest that the laptop should also be running off of external power rather than battery. If you disconnect the usb drive or any other usb device without first stopping the device then sometimes the usb ports will fail to recognize the device when it is plugged back in, a simple reboot should do the trick. You can also check in the device manager for any yellow exclamation marks on your usb host conrtoller and see if the driver for it is in need of an update.
Any drivers you need should be on simpletech's website, though normally you should not need any for a usb hdd. If the power cord/a/c adaptor is faulty or the hdd is loose in the enclosure(thus not making good contact) then you should pester simpletech to either replace the cord, a/c adaptor,or unit, and see if there are instructions on how to take apart the enclosure and reseat the drive/connections.
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Nov 07, 2009 | SimpleTech SimpleDrive Pininfarina 320GB...

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HOW DO I CONNECT THIS DRIVE TO MY DESKTOP PC ? WHAT TYPE OF ADAPTER DO I NEED?


The adapter has both interfaces on it...that is, it will plug into an EIDE interface or the SATA interface. The other end is a USB connection for plugging in to the computer, this way the computer treats the drive as an external. They sell for around 20 bucks.

Oct 09, 2009 | Fujitsu MHV2080AT (MHV2080AT50PK) 80 GB...

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My wd 500 gig external hard drive keeps blinking and my computer doesnt recognize it. whats going on?


How do you have it connected to your PC? USB or Firewire? try plugging it in to different slots or try plugging it in on another computer to further isolate the problem. some external drives requires power adapter to work so make sure that you're using the power adapter if it comes with the device. if not, there might be something wrong with the device specially if it was working before

Jul 17, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Did I just fry my WD External?


Hi,

I've done something similiar and I know the feeling, but the good news is that you may not of done the damage you think. Here's what I suggest. Go to this link. Where they will explain the differences of the meanings of the flashing lights. There are so many variables, that it would be to difficult to figure out unless I was actually working on the disk itself. But the page is very easy to understand, and hopefully you'll find what I did, was all I need to do was to power down and up again.


Good Luck!

Mark

Jan 03, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Premium ES...

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I recently purchased an external hard drive, and how do connect it to my computer.


External Hard Drive is mostly of the USB interfacing type. If urs one is the same, then it is just as simple as plugging in a pen drive in the USB port. If it has external power supplies then u can easily figure out how to connect. There are two parts in the power supply (if external power supply cable is provided), 3-pin main power supply connector and other is the adapter which goes to the external hard drive.plug in the other end of the adapter into the hard drive (there is a hole in it). connect the main power cable to the adapter extension. now for the usb Hard Drive, connect the USB cable to the USB port of the computer. Switch on the power supply to the Hard drive and u r ready to use ur brand new External Hard Drive. If it is a Firewire interfacing one then u may need to open the CPU box, and then connect the firewire connector on to the motherboard firewire port. It is easy to identify, it is a red colored port/connector.

Oct 11, 2008 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

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External hard drive don't install


Hello

Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
Andrea

Jul 10, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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