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WD ELEMENTS 1TB and the power supply is blinking

I have a WD ELEMENTS 1TB and the power supply is blinking and the drives does not work when i pluggin the usb.

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Don't lie. I have wd drives that all use the same power supply. Swapping out doesn't change anything, and formatting doesn't fix either. Google is full of people mad mad mad about this.

At this point the logic board is broke. You can pop it open (great how to videos on youtube takes 10 seconds) and use the drive as an internal SATA drive, or buy a third party external drive enclosure and use it that way.

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You have a bad power supply. You can probably get a new adapter for it.

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