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Essential 500GB isn't recognized by XP

I had to disconnect all my USBs, including 3 500GB WD externals. When I plugged them back in and rebooted, only 1 was recognized. The other 2 power up and I can hear no scratchy sounds. However, there is no yellow light in either drive and neither show ups in device manager or disk management. (For a while, the yellow light did appear, but still no recognition by XP.) For now I hope to avoid drastic measures... i.e., removing the drive from the case, etc. Very frustrating! Any suggestions?

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What do you have them plugged into?

Make sure they are actually plugged into their power supplies.
(I know it sounds silly, but it's sometimes forgotten.)

Also check the power switch on the back of each drive. Press it to power on the drive.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

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My WD Book was spinning and clicking constantly, so i unplugged the USB and the power source from my laptop. After plugging back in, it is no longer recognized on My Computer -- I've rebooted 2x. My...


Let's hope the spinning and clicking was caused by a bad circuit board in the WD Book, and not the Harddrive inside it.

To explain;
Inside the plastic external enclosure (Case) of the WD MyBook is an ordinary harddrive as used in a laptop, or desktop computer.

There is a small circuit board inside the case, that the harddrive plugs into. (Or there are wires from the small circuit board, to the harddrive)

The other end of the circuit board, has a USB cable attached to it.
The circuit board is an Interface Board.

It is this small interface circuit board that USUALLY goes out.
Harddrives are pretty tough, but they are a mechanical device, and are rated in hours of usage. They can fail.

What I would suggest is to buy an economical external enclosure.
Has the circuit board, USB cable, and everything needed, just needs the Harddrive.

Installing is easy. There are instructions included.

Now we come to the technical portion.
What size harddrive is it, and what technology does it use?

Size:
1) There are two sizes of Harddrives. They are measured across the Width.

A 2.5 inch harddrive is a laptop size harddrive.
(2 and a half inches across in width)

A 3.5 inch harddrive is a desktop size harddrive.

Once you open the WD MyBook case, and measure, you will know.
Pretty easy.
Technology:
Looking at the harddrives label, will tell you if it is an IDE (PATA) model, or a SATA model.

If no nomenclature is readily apparent looking at the label, there will be a model number on the label.
Put the model number in your search bar.

Example:
WD2500BEVT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136387

250GB SATA harddrive. Also is a laptop size harddrive.
(2.5)

If you cannot find the information, just post the Model Number in a Comment, and I'll find out.

Example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

Example of a 3.5 SATA external enclosure,

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

Example of a 2.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1086960&CatId=2781

Example of a 3.5 IDE (PATA) enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1337265&CatId=2779

The information on how to open a WD MyBook case, is not something the external harddrive manufacturer states.
For this we'll have to rely on videos that are made,

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

There are also other related videos to the right.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Hi:
That's an easy task:
1) Plug your Hd to your laptop and wait until the laptop recognize it as a new drive and assign a new letter to it. If you have a disc use it if your laptop ask for it.
2) Copy all files you want to transfer to the new HD and paste them on it.
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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...


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I will search further if you like, just let me know.
Try the old, disconnect (the drive form the computer), reboot, reconnect, reboot once again and see if it picks up the way it was meant to.
Hope this has been of help please leave rating
thank you.

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