Older model WD1200 not showing up as drive anymore. Was working fine. I turned in off and on, rebooted, but it does not show up on my computer anymore. The blue light is flckering on and off now, and I dont recall it doing that before.
I am using windows Vista with a HP desktop computer .
Any ideas where to start? Thanks.
Has this drive been in regular use? Has it been disconnected and reconnected a lot? Try a Different USB port for a start and another USB Cable if you have one. Also try removing drive properly and unplug it then reboot PC and plug drive back in.
Yes it has been in regular use. Yes connected and disconnected a few times. I did try a new cable, new port, and tried hooking it to my laptop, and no joy.
One thing I had done recently was to remove my D:/Recovery drive. It was too full and not working . I intended on using the WD drive to make a new recovery drive. Now my computer is missing the D;/ drive entirely. In other words, it has the C:/ drive then the next drive letters are E:/ and F:/ for my Cd and DVD drives. I don’t know if that matters or not, but it is the most recent thing I had done before losing the WD drive entirely.
Also, I think the blue light was on constantly before, now it is flickering, like it is searching for something.
Thanks for the help so far.
Did you look in disk manager and see if it showed there? Sometimes it just needs to be renamed or change to online if it’s showing offline.
When you connect the drive does it show up in Disk Management?
It does not show up in disk manager.
Thanks for all the advice so far. I think it was the power supply or cable, so I removed the enclosed HD and installed it in my comp to retrieve my files. The drive still worked and my files were all there. I will just go buy a newer and larger capacity drive now that I have my files back.