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Archive for August 11th, 2008

Recycling a Dead Western Digital My Book

Western Digital WDG1U5000 My Book Essential Edition 500 GB USB 2.0 External Hard DriveA few days ago, my backup routine that I had put in place stopped working. When I checked into the reason why, I found that it “could not login” to the external drive I had set up for the backup. It turns out that it was, in fact, dead. I could not connect using the USB connection OR the fire wire connections.

I also did a search on Google (western digital external drive stopped working) and discovered that this particular drive seems to die for no reason after about 18 months! You can check the Amazon reviews on this drive (http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-WDG1C5000N-Firewire-External/dp/B000EXTXSI/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1218206026&sr=1-6) and see for yourself.

But, wait, there is data on that drive that I still want to have access to. Here’s what I did…

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