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WD not safely removed now not recognised I was transferring lots of files when my WD came out. Now when I plug it back in, it makes 3 or 4 little noises, as if it's trying to get the disc to spin, then it stops. It's not found in my computer anymore. However, it is still recognized as a WD HDD in device manager. How can I get it to work again?

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Find it again in devicee manager and right click it and update or reinstall driver. Its not recognising it because the driver is probably corrupt from Non safe removal. Hope this helps.

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