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Our computer has stopped recognizing our mybook essential 1 TB....also the lights dont all show up

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  • itsleonie Sep 14, 2010

    thank you marked.
    I tried all those things and still have the problem......I was told by Western Digital that if I send it in for repairs I would loose all my data, which is very upsetting due to having over 6000 photos on it being mostly my daughter of 18months now. I certainly can not afford to have the data recovered since it starts at $1000. So are you saying it could be repaired without loosing all the data????

  • itsleonie Sep 14, 2010

    that is good news thank you so much........I appreciate your help

  • itsleonie Sep 14, 2010

    Thanks I hope your solution works



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Base from the description of your problem this issue has something to do with the actual hard drive , but we can also try some things here.
First connect the drive on different USB port on your computer if possible try to connect it on different computer and see if it will be recognized.
But if still not being recognize try a different USB cable because sometimes the problem can be with the cable.
After doing those and still same problem the external drive needs servicing for you to be able to retrieve the data and the drive itself , you can take it to a service center or send it back to Western Digital.

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    Yes that is possible to have it repair and data will still be there, because sometimes the problem here is the hard drive enclosure not the actual drive, if you can take it to a computer repair near your area they can take the drive out and put it on a different enclosure so you can use it again.


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Hi itsleonie.
The issue might be due to plug and play Drivers of the External Hard Drive.
However, please let me know the exact Model # of the External Hard Drive, so that I can provide you the required troubleshooting steps.
Hope this helps.
Please feel free to contact for further information and assistance.

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