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WD external drive receiving power but not working

Q: WD external drive receiving power but not working

I gave my external hard drive to a friend but his laptop didn't recognize it. after getting it back, I connected it to my laptop but it didn't show up in disk management at all. the drive is receiving power since the light is on. I felt the drive upon connecting to laptop and noticed it tries multiple times to rotate the magnetic disk but in the end it come to a stop and nothing after that. I think my friend's laptop somehow damaged my drive since I'm sure it's a hardware problem.
So, I was wondering maybe any of you guys have an idea how to fix it if possible otherwise, I'd like to know if I can recover the data without spending for the experts?

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A: WD external drive receiving power but not working

Hey armmzd. Sure sounds like a drive gone bad, and assuming you know it was good when you gave it to him,maybe it was dropped,etc. All I can suggest is going to the drive manufacturer's site and see if they have a drive diagnostic tool you can try.
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It might just be the power adapter or the enclosure that has died. You might be able to remove the hard drive from the enclosure and either install it internally in a computer or put it into a new enclosure. Most computer places sell enclosures if you need it in a hurry. Hopefully its not the hard drive inside the enclosure that has failed, in which case you hopefully have the all-important backups of your data.
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one more thing

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Hi all,

I was wondering if I would be doing harm to my drive by ejecting and unplugging while there is still power to the drive.

Is it basically the same as not ejecting?

In XP my drive would power off in Windows 7 it does not.

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Do you get the pop-up saying it's safe to disconnect the drive? If you do I wouldn't worry about it.
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A:External hard drive kills power, also mice

Hi facetaco and Welcome to TSF,

I'm going on a wild guess that the external harddrive is Bus-powered? (No extra power adapter)

If you plug a harddrive in that doesn't have an external power source, the power unit of your laptop might not have enough power to keep all hardware running. This is most likely the cause of the issue. One other possible reason is faulty USB ports;

Can you plug other USB medias into the PC without it shutting down, like USB sticks?
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Hi all,

I was wondering if I would be doing harm to my drive by ejecting and unplugging while there is still power to the drive.

Is it basically the same as not ejecting?

In XP my drive would power off in Windows 7 it does not.

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I use this setting to prevent any problems.

Dev Mgr> Disc Drives> right click on drive> policies.

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"Any thoughts?"...
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Look at the specs on the power supply. It may be a universal supply, many of them are nowadays. I just checked a camera and a USB 2.0 hard disk supply, both state 100V to 240V 50/60Hz, so they'll run either in Europe or the US.
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Welcome to Vista Forums.

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Does not sound good. Cyclic redundancy check usually means that the drive is toast.
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A:1TB WD External Drive Not Working

Hi there
1) Unplug the device
2) switch off the computer.
3) re-boot computer with device NOT plugged in
4) plug in device ( preferably on a different USB slot).

If device fails to be recognized go to control panel==>administrative tools===>computer management===>storage disk management. This can sometimes happen too.

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Check your BIOS settings and set the boot order to HDD as the first priority.
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sad here....this is what it is showing me when I plug it into a windows vista computer
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you could try using a sata to usb connection. i doubt connecting the hdd to the original casing re infected the hdd. I wonder if it is a problem with the connections in the casing?
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If I choose to initialize it (2nd image below), will this delete everything on the hard drive? If yes, I don't want to do this because I have important data on there.

What are my options for recovering my data?
Sorry for the long images in the post - I tried using a different image file hosting service but the URL was blocked for some reason.

A:External hard drive not working... please help

Quote: Originally Posted by datetimestamp


My external hard drive recently became unreadable. I've had it for a few years now and it worked fine up until now.

When I plug it in, it makes a clicking sound for a few seconds and then stops.

Here is what I see under Disk Management:

If I choose to initialize it (2nd image below), will this delete everything on the hard drive? If yes, I don't want to do this because I have important data on there.

What are my options for recovering my data?

Sorry for the long images in the post - I tried using a different image file hosting service but the URL was blocked for some reason.


Most often the clicking is one sign of a failing harddrive. SpinRite is an excellent tool, but isn't cheap. So, depending on the importance of the data, it may or may not be worth making the investment.

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A:WD External Hard Drive not working

What's the exact model of your hard drive?

Try putting your computer into safe mode and see if it works then. Also, if it came with some sort of driver CD, try installing the drivers using the CD. Windows Vista and 7 should be able to pull drivers right off most devices you plug in, but if you have the CD, try it anyway. Might help.
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Did you check it for bad sectors/ use a full format?
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A:[SOLVED] External drive not working on Vista

Hi. . .

Did you try to run chkdsk on it - either in Vista or XP?

Vista -
START | type cmd.exe into the start search box | right-click on cmd.exe above under programs | run as admin | type the following (I will use drive g: here ) -

chkdsk g: /r

Also - did you install any drivers for some type of back-up software for the ext HDD - or did you just Plug-n-Play?

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A:Solved: External Hard Drive stoped working


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This problem has occurred previously. I was suggested to update Windows.

Would appreciate assistance.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-60, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1790 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 33085 MB; D: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 6355 MB; E: Total - 50877 MB, Free - 47193 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 360A
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

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Is the drive listed in Device Manager? Is the drive listed in Drive Manager? ...and if so, what is the drive status.

Test the drive on another computer.

Most common cause is hardware failure, typically the external enclosure USB controller board or the drive has become corrupted (several possible causes).

If the drive works on another computer, then you have a PC issue. But most likely, the drive also won't work on another computer, in which case, you have a drive issue as noted above.
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have you tried unplugging the drive power adapter for a minute and plugging it back in?
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A:External Hard Drive stops working after 16GB

Your ClickFree is a speciality product used to automatically backup the content of the PC to which it is plugged in. We may not know how it is configured to achieve that goal.

In general,

You may have to stick to the procedures laid down for the device on how to format it through ClickFree interface and how to use it.

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What file system does the drive use?
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Is there no sign of life AT ALL ? No lights or noises or display of ANY kind ?

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A:Previously Recognized External Hard Drive No Longer Working

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