04-26-2012 09:06 PM
I think that I have found the issue. Tonight my daughter plugged the Laptop cord into the hard drive instead of the external HD power and now I have the same issue, HD broken! Blinking light and no HD movement. I think that it fried the circuit card located on the outside of the hard drive. I do not believe that this hurt the internal hard drive or motor so I am going to replace the outside circuit card. I found the same hard drive at a local store. I am not recomending doing this but I will do it because my data is more importaint then a warrenty. All that you need to do is take out of case. Disconnect the USB Card. then use a star drive to remove the card on the back. This needs to be precise and make sure you don't break the pins that connect the circuit card to the phisical drive.
05-01-2012 11:28 PM
Thank you... would it be possible to outline the steps you took... cause I think there are many here suffering from the blinking light issues... and want a way to simply gain access to the data.
curious & Apologies if these are too basic questions
05-02-2012 10:58 AM
I also had the problem with a 2TB disk. I didn't try to get it replaced by WD as the backp data and yes it was a duplicate backup is confidential data that I would rather trash the disk than allow it into others hands. I took the disk out of the case removed the circuit card and mounted it inside my destop. I had to reinitialize the disk which of course meant the data was lost but the desk appeared to be working at least at first. I went ahaead and attempted to copy the data over again from the original source but after a half hour or so the disk copy failed saying the destination could not be found the disk had dissapeared from teh Windows 7 64-bit OS. A reboot brought the disk back again but this has repeated iteself over and over at the msot a half hour of copying files then the disk just dissapears. I was able to do a full surface scan of the disk and it didn't reprot any erros but you start copying files and the disk jsut goes away..00 I suspect there is some component on the disk circuit board that fails when it gets hot and that only happend with continous use. And yes the disk is placed in a well ventilated portion of my desktop case. IT will be a while before I buy another WD disk. Who is the most reliable disk manfacture seems to go in cycles at one point brand A as new models come out they may have a lemon series and it might become brand B. I've worked with computer since the days when my first 20MB and yes thats MB not GB hard drive cost me $500. Put that in a Leading Edge Model computer with an 8088 processor a cyrix math coprocess had about $2,500 tied up in that first PC and that was 1986 so that would be a lot more in todays dollars.
05-13-2012 04:00 AM
just saw your post, have exact same problem with my imac, today I opened disk utilty and erased the drive and bingo it showed up straight away, not ideal answer but as obviuosly all old back ups are gone but at least all is backed up again from today, I for one wont be buying this brand again.
05-13-2012 02:10 PM - edited 05-13-2012 02:11 PM
Mine worked for a week (just enough time to transfer all of my photos) and then I bumped it. Now I have the blinking light problem too and it's aggravating.
I can't see it listed under My Computer or Disk Management. I've tried to plugging the power cord directly into the wall socket (instead of an extention cord I use), different computers, etc. Any other easy fixes I can try before opening up the case itself?
05-14-2012 11:04 AM - edited 05-14-2012 11:06 AM
My WD Elements 1tb external HD has this problem also only difference is when ever I plug mine into my laptop it slows it down and makes my windows 7 laptop crash. It doesn't come up when I plug it in I can't get it connected to reformat it need help family photos are on there!!!!
05-30-2012 06:59 PM
I returned my last Harddrive (same power issue) and got a warranty one that after 2 weeks, developed the same problem.
I figured the solution out of luck. This is because I use my hardrive on both macs and pcs.
So this is how I figured out the problem.
You know how it has a firewire output and a USB Mini-b (5-pin) output.
Well, when I plugged only the firewire into the Mac, it was not enough to power it up. BUT, then I plugged in BOTH cords to the mac and it powered up!!! Unfortunatley, THIS does not help if you are using a PC since PCs do NOT have firewire inputs!!
I noticed my teacher had a hardrive. He had the same two outputs (a firewire and the USB Mini-b (5 pin) output.)
He had this cool wire that on ONE end, the USB mini-b 5 pin (to connect to the harddrive.) On the other end of the wire, it had TWO USB ends! (split)
This way, you could plug your harddrive in with two USB ends into your PC computer. All of a sudden, this seems to be enough power to power up your harddrive!!!
It really **bleep** that WD is not realizing they are not making their devices easy to power. Their built in power supplies easilly lose ability to recieve nessisary power after first time use, especially if you are going in between mac and PC computers.
SO, if you dont feel like taking the time to keep using your WD warranty, then go on Ebay and order one of these:
THIS should help be enough power to power up the harddrive for your PCS (and Macs)!
Hopefully this helps.
And Dear WD, you need to fix this issue. Thank you