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Drive is not recognized

I used my Mybook Essential Edition 320GB for a few months in between both Windows XP and Mac OSX 10 without and kind of problems. I can't recall exactly when, but suddenly it was no longer recognized on either operating system. It will power on fine but instead of connecting the LEDs will just flash every second or so as if it's trying to intilize but never can. On Windows it never really stops doing this, but on OSX it will do it for awhile and then ask me if I want to try and repair the drive (I don't recall the exact application name). I don't really care to save the hard drive. I really just want to get the files off of it. Is there anything I can do?

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    My WD 500GB HD will turn on, but windows wont recanize it. The led isnt flicker its solid and if you feal the HD its making its normal constant hum and vibration.

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Check if the Windows XP Security Updates are there on the Unit.
If these Update are present remove them & it should work Fine.

KB944533 - Cumulative Security Update fro IE 6 for Windows XP
KB943055 - Security Update for Windows XP
KB946026 - Security Update for Windows XP

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