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I have a WD USB External HDD (160 GB), when I connect to my USB port it detects the drive but not displaying in My Computer. Hope there is no issue with USB port. Then why the drive is not detecting, provided I have all my data in this drive. Kindly help me in finding out a possible solution for this issue at the earliest. Thanking you in advance Rajesh K

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Your unit is detecting the electronics on your external case, not the internal hard drive it contains. If that is not being recognized that usually indicates a failure of the hard drive logic board, not a good thing.

Remove the drive from case and plug in directly into your pc. If still not recognized that confirms initial diagnosis. Your usb port is ok but the drive is fubar and since the logic board is toast data recovery will have to be done by the pros and be expensive, very expensive.
Always a good idea to have multiple backups!!!!!!!!!

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I managed to fix it by unplugging the harddrive from the main electrical power source.

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Try using a Usb 2 cable "The one that came with the WD My Passport " And put it directly to the PC...
In some cases, Like mine, I used an extended cable + the cable that came with the "WD My Passport" and i got the same problem ..
So i simply removed the extended cable and put the put "WD My Passport " directly to the PC with its own cable and the problem was solved to me ..
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It may need to be plugged into a powered USB hub to get it to work.
I've had the same problem on certain PCs and plugging it directly into a powered hub resolves that problem. I picked up a small powered hub just for that reason that I keep with my drives.

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In that case it's most likely that the hard disk inside has died. Last hope attempt: take it out of the case and plug it in directly to the motherboard. If even then it's not recognized then it's truly dead and all your data has been lost.

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