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I am not able to open my external drive on Ubuntu 11 10.

What are the steps needed to get it operational on my Desktop?

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You should be able to plug it in and go. Is the access light on your drive lighting up when you plug the drive in? –  William Nov 10 '11 at 2:57
    
The light is there but it is not stable,it goes on and off. –  Abdul Nov 10 '11 at 3:15
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Does it work on a non-ubuntu computer? –  William Nov 10 '11 at 3:20
    
I should have checked it!It's not coming up on windows either! –  Abdul Nov 12 '11 at 1:27
    
Your drive is probably defective. Contact WD technical support and have them replace/service the drive. –  William Nov 12 '11 at 3:21
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I have similar issues with my device. I found out that it is most commonly caused by underpowered USB ports. Try plugging it in through a powered USB hub

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I have the same issue. My work around was to add a shortcut from the drive utility

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This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question once you have enough reputation. –  Stephen Myall Aug 16 '12 at 15:28
    
@StephenMyall This explains a way to work around the problem; it should probably be considered an answer. –  Eliah Kagan Sep 6 '12 at 14:44
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