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Hard drive won't mount

I can't figure out what my My Book is doing. It clicks 4x, 4x, 2x and then the light fades and then comes back on and stays lit. For a while there would be not rhyme or reason to when it wanted to mount. Then when it would, eventually the power saver would come on and it would not mount back up. I am trying to get it to mount at least once to get some more stuff off of it and try to install new firmware. Oh, also tried plugging it in to and outlet by itself. Haven't tried new cords. Please help.

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I have read a whole lot of blogs on this one pointing to a solution about plugging into the wall socket instead of into a power strip. As stupid as this sounds, there is a reson tha this works for some folks.
If you carefully inspect the power supply, you will notice that the plug is NOT plarized. This means that it can be inserted in two directions. On a GROUNDED system, this would not matter, but the power plug on the adaptor is NOT grounded, so polarity DOES matter! The timing is off by 60 degrees if you use the wrong wire as neutral.

Mine refused to load, and so to test this theory, i left everything on, pulled the adaptor, reversed it, and voila - the beep I had been waiting for, followed by the drive appearing as a drive-letter in explorer.

You might want to give it a try.

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Usually, when I've tried everything else and there's nothing to loose, I remove the drive from the case, put it into the freezer for about 15 minutes wrapped in a towel to protect it from condensation. I then take it out and hold it about above my table about 4" and let it go. Re-install it into the case being careful to let any existing condensation dry. Pwr it on without it connected to the computer, once it spins up, I notice the clicking is gone. I then connect it to the cpu. At times, the disks within the drives swell from normal wear & tear. With the increased heat, the heads have physical issues moving around with the drive seeking. The cold temps and a "gentle" jolt will clear enough space for the heads to move around. This has worked for me many times; usually I order a new drive immediately, because it IS on its way out.

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It sounds to me, by your description, that you have a failing hard drive. Usually when you hear that type of clicking, its having seek problems, which indicates failure.

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