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I have the Western Digital fire wire 500GB. Once it's plugged in it shuts off after about 7 seconds. I see a light flicker inside and it goes out too.

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All external HD need power to run. is this running on AC, USB or Firewire........ if USB or Firewire is your computer compatible with the HD power needs if it is compatible

and if this is straight out the box, return it is defective........

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i have the same unit ..eventually if the unit is not unplugged and plugged in in sequence as i describe here, the power module will be expended.
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When you have the serial-number of the hard-drive inside the external unit, access Western Digital's web-site, and check the Warranty Status.

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