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MyBook -Not booting up

When I start up my notebook, the MyBook powers on then it sounds like it is skipping (trying to boot up), then it stops and the notebook nor PC will recognize it. Please advise.

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  • Staci777 Jun 17, 2008

    When I start up my notebook, the MyBook powers on then it sounds like it is skipping (trying to boot up), then it stops and the notebook nor PC will recognize it. Please advise

  • abnjr Jun 17, 2008

    My external HD (Mybook) does not get recognized in "My Computer" it is recognized in Remove safe utility.

  • Anonymous Jun 17, 2008

    i have the same problem, it just sounds like its booting up , then skips , and never is recognized in my powerbook

  • eddiemaster Jun 21, 2008

    I have the same hard drive, and after a year of usage, it just started doing the skipping and not recognizing thing last night. I have had another external hard drive that did the same thing in the end, and it could not be fixed, nor could the data be recovered...

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    Hi. I pretty much have the same problem with the drive not booting up. I plug in the USB and the light comes on and Windows starts to load up the files but then it shuts down (light goes off and drive disappears from My Computer), then it starts to boot up again with the light coming on and it's like it just goes through a power cycle. I have a SERIOUS amount of music that I have for DJing purposes and I'm pretty much screwed and am not looking forward to buying another drive.

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    My MyBook 500 Premium boots up. Doesn't make weird noises.
    The rotating blue button light goes on for a while, and while still starting up Windows XP, the light just goes off and never turns on again.

    When I press the button in the front of it, it doesn't turn on.
    When I unhook the drive from power, reinsert power, the drive seem to start up, but never is recognized during the session.

    After reboot, the same issue keeps on repeating itself.



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Fixed by turning off USB legacy support in BIOS

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