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How to open the case of a my book wd 320gb

Is there a trick to opening the case of a 320gig my book? thanks

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I got a Western digital 250 Gb my book external HD. the problem is the light in unit flashes rapedly with out allowing data to be read in host computer?? My computer is unable to read my hard drive when connected. The light flashes about every 3-5 seconds but never connects. It also halts any operation on my computer until unplugged.

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Hello,

Look in the corner side and bottom ...there some secret locked and need to push and then slide the case..if you did find any bolt.


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Posted on May 02, 2008

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    Im sure there is some screw driver and need to lessen and take out.

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Sounds like the drive in the thing is shot or the controller itself.
I remember a friend having one of those I dont recall it having any screws but it did have a snap apart case. Use a thin flat head screwdriver to locate and snap apart the catches. 
If you can get into the thing to replace the drive and get the same result then the controller is shot and you will not have any luck fixing it unless you are good at surface mount soldering.
For now, check that the cables are good and that you are connecting it to a good port on your computer.
It is not uncommon to have external drives go kaput for seemingly no reason. The drives they tend to use dont like to be moved AT ALL when they are powered on, this is not condusive to an EXTERNAL case as it is too easy to move around.
Good luck. Let me know if you have any problems getting it apart, I can look up my friend and take his apart, yea hes cool like that.

Posted on May 02, 2008

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