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Light blinking I just tried to open My Book and it won't respond. The WD icon is gone from my taskbar. When I try to use the shortcut icon it tells me, "Network connection that the shortcut refers to is unavailable. Make sure disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available." The light on the front of the external drive is going off and on, almost like it is on standby but I can't do anything with it. HELP!!

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  • edgar1813 Jul 29, 2008

    Same exact problem. Anybody could advise?


  • mumbles420 Jul 30, 2008

    I'm having the same problem as lu73. I clicked on the My Book shortcut icon and it says "The drive or network connection the the shortcut 'My Book (E).link' refers to is unavailable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again." I'm a photographer and need my client's images A.S.A.P.!!!


  • Todd14 Aug 25, 2008

    hi, i have the same problem, but i just bought it and i haven't even had the chance to use it yet. I can't even look at anything on it and there is no image of it on my computer. Its as if i had plugged nothing in, and the power off and back on fix doesn't even work for me.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    My mybook office edition is also blinking. It happened after it froze and I pulled the power cable.

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Hey, i just had the problem but i had given up on solving it, so i had left it blinking for a while. After a little bit, a window popped up saying "Driver Software and Updates have been successfully installed and device is ready to use." Maybe the blinking light just means that its looking for updates or driver software or something. Try leaving it blinking with your computer on overnight (with internet connection of course), or something of the sort. Worked for me. Hope this helps.

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A TEMPORARY SOLUTION IS TO PRSS AND HOLD THE POWER BUTTON..... POWER IT OFF.... UPON RESTART U SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET IN.... I don't know why this is but it's a temporary fix.... It will still happen.... I am looking for a better more permanent answer

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The best solution for this problem is not using Western Digital and beware of other brand such as Calvary, that use WD drives inside. Probably the best bet is using interior drive that you can see 1st and buy exterior container and install yourself. I keep HD movies on 20 drives and WD has been a nightmare

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Damn bro, this is the same exact thing that it happening to me right now. I just started doing research on this problem right now. I'm a photographer and I NEEEEEED to get me images back A.S.A.P., so if you have any information on this please get back.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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Hi have hardrive for 5 months disconected it for going away came back conected back up not working front light keeps on blinking on and off

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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