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When I plug in my 1 TB My Book Studio Edition, it won't turn on.

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  • alexZenon Aug 25, 2008

    My Western digital essential does not power on on. I have an identical second unit; there is no problme with the power cord. It does not turn on automatically even when hooked up to the computer. How do I transfer thie data if the power doesn't work.

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Check your usb port its working fine are not than cables and settings if reuired in your computer otherwise it should be work

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