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I went to use my WD 640 GB harddrive (had not used in a while) so i pluged the power cable in and it would not power on.I pluged the power cable in my other harddrive and it worked. Cant figure out why my WD harddrive wont work.

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I would suggest the external enclosure the harddrive is in, is defunct.
I would suggest buying a new external enclosure, and putting this harddrive in it. Then just plug the USB cable in, (As you did before), and download your data, to be ready to transfer.

You need an external enclosure that is Sata, and is for a 2.5 inch harddrive. These are relatively inexpensive.
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