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Not communicating with PC cpu

I have a WD 500 GB external hard drive...I believe it is the same as the current "My Book" model. I purchased it two years ago.

I checked all cords and everything appears to be connected tightly. However, the ext. drive is not "communicating" with the pc. In otherwords it is not showing up as a connected device on "my computer". The blue light is on, however, it stays on and will not shut off at all. It is as if the unit is "frozen" and will not respond to anything.

I am a computer user and not a computer "techy" so do not know if this unit is gone for good or if there is something that can be done. These units do not come with any S/W and are "self-installing" when connected so do not have anything to try that way.

Any suggestions or do I just bury it cause it's a gonner????

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It's not a gonner just yet :)

Did you do a firmware update? did it go ok?

The firmware update for these older models should not be applied unless you are having a problem with the firewire connection, and as yours was working it should not need an update.

Try disconnecting the power from the unit, switch off your PC and wait a few mins, power back on the drive, it should startup up and the light come on, now power up the pc and when booted check to see if it is now seen in 'my computer'

There is not much else you can do with these drives, so if you have done everything then I'm afraid you have lost all your data...

But the drive is still not a gonner....

Goto to WD website and register yourself and your product, you will need the serial number from the back of the drive.
Once you have entered all the details needed, WD will tell you the expiry date of the warranty for the drive, which is normally around 5-10years.

Start a warranty claim with WD and they will replace the drive for you free of charge (apart from the postage you will have to pay to send it to them)

The procedure can be little confusing, just make sure you read everything and keep copies, and follow everything they ask you to do.

Hope this helps a little.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008

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