Using the Power button on the My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0+2.0

Hi all, I have just got one of these drives and I see there is a power button on the back, but I cannot figure out when to use it [don’t laugh!] 

I ask as the “manual” is non existent…

When I have the psu plugged in and connect the USB cord, the drive turns on automatically, when I eject the drive via windows or the WD icon when the USB cable is removed from the PC the drive light goes off and the drive appears to shut down. 

Am I doing something wrong here/being incredibly stupid? Is there a point to the power switch? 

Sorry, if this seems stupid but I want to do things properly, and Thank You for reading! :smiley:

I think the button only works with the Smartware installed. See if this helps 


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