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I am using the WD5000ME external hard drive and everything looks good till last last year..And after that when ever i connect my hard disk..the autoplay starts...stops..starts..this goes on (cycling)... It seems like my hard disk connection is being lost multiple times. Any help will be greatly appreciated as i am not at all able to use my hard disk at all.

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alright, so, it can be a number of problems. I will try to address everything that i think might be the problem.
Use these steps one by one until you get a solution.
1. First of all, update your anti virus software. The autorun.inf file on external drives gets attacked by viruses and corrupted quite often.
2. Try manualy deleting the Autorun.inf file from your hdd. (this is a hidden file, you will have to use the Folder Options "show all files" to see it.
3, Disable the Autorun option for the hdd from the operating system. (Sometimes the OS get's confused about the hard drives and their boot up sequences,) Refer to this link to do it in XP, if you are using Vista or Win 7, then do this: type "gpedit.msc" in Run...go to "Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > AutoPlay Policies > Turn Off auto play for all drives....." Repeat the same going to "User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > AutoPlay Policies > Turn Off auto play for all drives....." This will not work if you have Home Premium Editions, there's a optional workaround for this in those editions, but if you have Home preomiums, then skip this step.
4. If all of the above doesnt help, then try this: right click my computer, select manage. select disk administrator. right click each of your drives, select "change drive letter and path" and remove the drive letters for each. reboot. go back into disk administrator and give them drive letters again.
5. If none of these steps worked, the cable and connectors themselves may be damaged or not connected properly. Try to find another cable to connect ur hdd, see if it helps you. If not, then maybe you should take it to a service professional and see if they can help you.

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