Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
When ever i plug it in, i just makes this faint beep type noise and the LED lights up very dimly along with the beep
If its in Warranty, and doesn't work with any computer, then you might prefer to send it away to get it fixed. Here's an alternative.
It may be a problem with the power supply to the drive, the USB cable from the drive, or the electronics inside the box, or the drive itself. It's worth working from the outside inwards:
Try cracking the case open very carefully to extract the HDD, and loading it into a new case with USB outlet (will have to buy, around $30?).
I'll tell you my story: I had a LaCie external HDD (which turned out to be a nice Seagate Barracuda IDE inside) which died, light flashing, not recognised by the computer. Yours is a little different, because it is designed to switch off after a short while if it doesn't get a connection with the computer. My light just stayed red.
Anyway, I tried it on a different computer with the same result, then read LaCie website, which had an item about hard clicks and soft clicks. If the drive had hard clicks, I could say goodbye, but if the sounds were soft, the disk was probably OK. I wrote to their support people and they gave me detailed instructions for safely extracting the HDD, and what sort it was (PATA/IDE) so I could go and buy the right sort of cage to replace the old one, which I did. The new cage even came packaged with a screwdriver, as well as screws etc, so I could bolt it in myself, following the instructions. I got it all working fine within a day!
So, I'm hoping your problem is just the cage, and the HDD inside is still OK.
You'll probably need to use a flathead screwdriver to pry the case apart, here's some people who have been grappling with it.
Over to you. All the best.
Posted on Aug 05, 2009
I just wanted to add to this since I have a lot of experience with these drives. 9 times out of 10 if you are getting that beeping noise it is because your USB port is not providing enough power for the drive. Use the supplemental power cable or plug the drive into a port that will provide enough power.
Posted on Mar 28, 2010
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