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Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

Q: Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

Hi, I want to buy a new hard drive for my desktop PC, and I was wondering if the western digital black 250GB hard drive or western digital enterprise 250GB hard drive would work better for such a PC. Both of the HDDs I mentioned are SATA, in case you're wondering.

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A: Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

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Am looking at buying an external hard drive to use as a secondary back up device for my music collection etc, while still regularly backing up my important documents on DVDs. I've been looking around and I like the price of the Western Digital My Book 250GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (£55 from amazon.co.uk). It's got pretty good reviews and WD is a big name with a decent reputation.

Am only looking to spend around £60 and am not looking for anything massive. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? Am looking to order the external HDD this weekend.

Thanks!
 

A:Western Digital My Book 250GB

There's nothing wrong with your current choice.
 

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I have been using this USB drive for some time. I have it divided in to three seperate partitions, but recently (and this is the second time this has happened) XP will no longer detect the already existing partitions on the drive. I am able to see the drive in device manager, it shows up as a WD 2500JB External USB Device, as well as in the manage option when right clicking My Computer. However in the manage window it shows the whole drive as unallocated space. I know that there are files on there, (several GB's of customer backups.) it was there just yesterday. Any ideas on how to get Xp to pull it's head out and see these partitions?

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hello all

today i have buyed a 250 GB Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb casch but when i format the drive he wont give 250 but 232 GB its ATA/UDMA100 set as slave on a
AMD 1800XP
512 MB DDR
Geforce 3 ti200
80 GB WD 7200rpm 8mb casch
250 gb WD 7200RPM 8 mb casch
Windows xp pro corp.

tnx alot ppl


 

A:Western Digital Caviar 250GB wont give the FULL size

I didn't do the math, but that sounds about right. There is a difference in the size the manufacturere advertises, and the actual reported size once the disc is installed on the system. Manufactures report the size as 1billion bytes=1GB, where your computer uses 1024MB=1GB. Manufactures also round up sometimes to make the size even out and make it look more desirable. an example would be a drive with 123billion bytes capacity might be sold as a 125GB or 128GB because it looks better on paper. I believe that tactic is mostly used by lesser brands, but I'm not completely sure if some of the major makers may use it as well.
 

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.

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A:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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My current Samsung Spinpoint is reaching it's end of life and I dearly need to replace it.However what is the most prudent choice for this oldie ? Do I get myself a Seagate Desktop SSHD 1 TB (solid state hybride drive)  or  a WD Re - 1 TB drive.Remember I just need to replace the  main drive for the Server OS, the Hypervisor and the applications on this basic Windows 2008 R2 Server which is used as our office server and developer server for php web applications. Yours truly, 

A:main drive replacement - western digital re enterprise black...

Hi, For servers, I would recomment to use Enterprise HDD or SSD. Some HHD's can do 10K or 15K rpm. They are more expensive but the will do the job. Regards.

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I just ordered this drive from TD, and I got to wondering if there is anything that I need to do different for it to be able to use the full capacity of the drive? I will probably partition the first 100GBs for adding another OS to my secondary rig, and the remainder in multiple partitions for archiving data.

A:Western Digital 1TB Black Caviar

There isn't anything special that you should have to do. As long as it your box recognizes the drive, you should get all of the capacity. A 1TB drive will show up as 931GB to Windows 7.

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OK, I hope you guys can give me some advice here. Just installed my new WD Black Caviar 1TB.
What I would like to know is how to configure now? I currently have 3 Hard drives. 1 x 320gb Seagate Baracuda, 1 x 320gb WD, and then the 1TB drive. Currently I have three OS set up. Windows 7 7100 64bit, 7127 64bit, and 7100 Chinese 32bit. These are all on my Seagate HD. My data and everything else is on the 320gb WD.
Obviously the 1TB drive is the fastest, so I would like to utilize it fully. Should I move my default OS here? Should I partition it first? Or should I keep my data on this?
Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!!

A:Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB

What I usally do is this, and for the record I just bought that same drive from newegg for $90.00 so im stoked for its arrival!

First I always partition the drive in 2

Give your first partition something like 400 gigs and the d partition 600
I only install OS and Apps to the C drive all DATA, Images, saves, documents, pictures,music reside on D

so when I reformat I dont lose my data just the apps and its a much faster re-install.

I also leave in a secondary Drive or an external drive and use that for backups of the D important data so if one drive dies your set.

I don't do any mirror because of costs, and speed issues (no im not setting up raid 0, or 5 on a home PC) my method works and is cheap done multiple recoveries this way.

Always do a fresh install never upgrade over something if possible!

When installing new devices remove all refrences to old devices PRIOR to installing new hardware.

Thats all I can tell you. Been living by this for years and no problems since.

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Just received this drive today. Previously using a WD 320 SATA 2 drive which works perfectly. Wanted to use the new drive being it has a 32 bit buffer but having problems. I cannot complete any install with Vista because it is always looking for drivers. Motherboard is a KSI K9A2 CF. Tried everything I can think of but really like to use this drive as a boot drive.. The drive partitions and formats without a problem, just will not let you use it as a boot drive. Any ideas..

A:New Western Digital Cavair Black

Originally Posted by markst


Just received this drive today. Previously using a WD 320 SATA 2 drive which works perfectly. Wanted to use the new drive being it has a 32 bit buffer but having problems. I cannot complete any install with Vista because it is always looking for drivers. Motherboard is a KSI K9A2 CF. Tried everything I can think of but really like to use this drive as a boot drive.. The drive partitions and formats without a problem, just will not let you use it as a boot drive. Any ideas..



If you're saying/thinking that Vista is looking for drivers for that hard drive, that's not the case as it's not a requirement. Unless the hard drive is bad or damaged, your issues lay elsewhere.

- Check that the SATA cable is correctly hooked up, same for power connections.
- Check that the hard drive is connected to the correct SATA ports and that the ports are properly configured through the BIOS.

What Vista "might" be looking for are the MB's SATA/RAID drivers.

Are you using RAID? Is the SATA port the HD is on set to RAID? Again, check the BIOS settings. Unless you?re using RAID, you should be set to IDE/SATA. Check your manual though.

And for your reference, I just moved from 4 WD 320gig HD's to two 500Gig Caviar Blacks. One containing Vista Ultimate x64, the other containing Windows 7 x64. No special required to install the OS.

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Would like to know how dependable this drive is that I just bought today (before formatting/partitioning/data transfer)

WD Caviar Black 1tb, 32mb, 7200 rpm (for file backups) Hear this is among the most dependable among the WD/Hitachi/Seagate gang. And what about the Samsung Raid class 1tb, 7200 rpm sata -- how does this rate in reality -- does the fact that it is 'raid class' really matter? I've learned not to take anything that's stamped on the box at face value.

From what I know the WD Caviar is pretty well established. Meaning the drive doesn't go undectable all at once, but rather fails gradually when it does, so there is usually at least some lead time/for replacing. At the same time have heard the 'green' drives by WD aren't that great.

Am too thinking about the 500gb WD Caviar Black for the primary drive.

Replacing: multiple 7200.11 Barracuda 1 tb's and 500mg's. Would strongly advise staying away from these drives. They are defective with very high fail rates. They simply go undetectable one day and that's it. Notived that a class action suit was being organized against them for various reasons on this drive.
 

A:Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb sata

I have a couple of 1TB Greens in external enclosures.
I like them because they run cooler and my externals don't have good cooling ... And I don't run them all the time.

I'm using 640GB Blacks in my Tower.
Their supposed to be better because of the double Disc Bearings .. and have a 5 year warranty.
I've heard that if the disc support gets sloppy .. It has trouble reading the disc.

My 640 backs are just a little noisy as compared to my older 320s ... The double platters are not balanced perfectly.
 

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ok, my hard drive is a caviar black 1tb, (WD1001FALS) , its like less than one and a half years old ,today my coomputer started freezing momentarily, i tested the hard drive and turns out it has some bad sectors...HD tune benchmark fails, WD Diagnostics utility fails during diagnostics...: heres screenshots of HD Tune:


so how can i fix this? i did some googling, turns out that the drives controller shouldve done it automatically and transparently ....well it didnt, so what do i do?
 

A:Bad sector on Western Digital Caviar Black

Time for a new drive. I've been where you are now. There are times when diagnostics can fix certain sector issues, but like you I have had to get a replacement because it was beyond the drive's controller to rectify the problem.

A shame for you because the WD Caviar Blacks are some of their best.
 

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Hi,

Yesterday I was using Defraggler from piriform to do a defrag, and I suddenly got a Disk Health: bad, and checked SMART, and all was 0, all SMART attributes was with error and bad, temperature was 0? (of course incorrect) a new disk with about 1 year and half, then I canceled the defrag and only have done a chkdsk (just chkdsk) on restart, then it took too much time, but at this time when I opened Defraggler, and I checked the Disk Health: good, also all SMART attributes was right.

It was a bug?

I think so because I was running Norton 360 Scheduled malware search and Defraggler simultaneously.

Then I put the WD diagnostic tool running, and done a quick test and extended test and I got all tests OK and passed.

Well, I let you 7 screenshots and please analyze this and say me if all is ok, and if all SMART attributes are there and OK or is someone attribute missing, or I should take it to warranty.

Defraggler:

http://gyazo.com/78937a5bc2f33ecc6ffb120cf58918ac.png

http://gyazo.com/2d5edfd7ecd060ebb389ecc533787733.png

Speccy:

http://gyazo.com/8c53fc81cf0dde9248f3fe822b2b68ff.png

http://gyazo.com/58ac447cdba7f2a045d24cccf1cfaf6e.png

WD Diagnost tool:

http://gyazo.com/97808d7c7dd9581129a089eefbcd2426.png

HD Sentinel:

http://gyazo.com/66148ffd5a76e07f5fb2dee84bf4e42c.png

http://gyazo.com/6c751bf0385fbe4a987be3e50e4a776a.png

Thank you.

A:Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX Health bad

While Defraggler worked great in XP and was superior to XP's native defragger, I've found that it doesn't play well with Win 7 and caused far more problems than it corrected. It also was as slow as a dead turtle with four broken legs. Win 7's native defragger works much, much better than Defraggler and it's all I use now. I have it set on my computer to automatically defrag my HDDs (SSDs should never be defragged) every Wednesday during the wee hours (when I'm normally sawing logs). I check to see how fragmented my drives are every once in a blue moon and they are almost always at 0% (once in a while one of them may get up to a whopping 1%).

To get to Win 7's defragger, just hit the Windows key and type "defrag" (without the quotes).

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I recently built my first rig with a Samsung SSD and a Western Digital HDD. The OS is on the SSD, and the WD will be used for storage.

The problem is that both Windows and Disk Management do not recognize the drive. My Bios reads it just fine, however.

This is merely a recent development - last night, the disk could be found in Disk Management, but the problem arose when it started to randomly disappear during formatting. I shut down the computer and attempted to switch the SATA ports hoping that would help, but I wound up creating more problems for myself.

Now I've got the computer back in the same configuration it was in when I attempted to first format the HDD, and it's not showing up in Disk Management or Windows. As I said, the bios is able to read it just fine.

This is the second HDD I've attempted to install. The previous one just stopped during formatting and failed a number of diagnostics. I bought this most recent one and I'm having the current set of problems with it. Last night it was recognized both in Disk Management and the Western Digital diagnostics software, passing just fine. The problems all began when the disk began disappearing during formatting. Now I can't see it anywhere except the bios and post screen.

I'm this close to just reinstalling Windows and leaving the drive connected to see if I can format it during installation.

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Hi,

Yesterday I was using Defraggler from piriform to do a defrag, and I suddenly got a Disk Health: bad, and checked SMART, and all was 0, all SMART attributes was with error and bad, temperature was 0º (of course incorrect) a new disk with about 1 year and half, then I canceled the defrag and only have done a chkdsk (just chkdsk) on restart, then it took too much time, but at this time when I opened Defraggler, and I checked the Disk Health: good, also all SMART attributes was right.

It was a bug?

I think so because I was running Norton 360 Scheduled malware search and Defraggler simultaneously.

Then I put the WD diagnostic tool running, and done a quick test and extended test and I got all tests OK and passed.

Well, I let you 7 screenshots and please analyze this and say me if all is ok, and if all SMART attributes are there and OK or is someone attribute missing, or I should take it to warranty.

Defraggler:

http://gyazo.com/78937a5bc2f33ecc6ffb120cf58918ac.png

http://gyazo.com/2d5edfd7ecd060ebb389ecc533787733.png

Speccy:

http://gyazo.com/8c53fc81cf0dde9248f3fe822b2b68ff.png

http://gyazo.com/58ac447cdba7f2a045d24cccf1cfaf6e.png

WD Diagnost tool:

http://gyazo.com/97808d7c7dd9581129a089eefbcd2426.png

HD Sentinel:

http://gyazo.com/66148ffd5a76e07f5fb2dee84bf4e42c.png

http://gyazo.com/6c751bf0385fbe4a987be3e50e4a776a.png

Thank you.
 

A:Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX Health bad

If everything is passing then it may have been a glitch in the software and it just lost it's ability to talk to the drive.

Obliviously you should always be making backups anyway.
 

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This build will be for my 77 year old mother who lives in another state and I am trying to build this as stable and problem free preventative mode as best as I can with the understanding that any hardware can fail at any time.

Anyway, NewEgg is having both their Blue and Black WD 1TB hard drives on sale that goes off of sale after tomorrow. I know Black is often the choice due to build quality and 5 year warranty. However, the Blue would really help budget wise because every dollar counts and it sees many people have had good success with the Blue.

She does MS Office, email, surfing plus she has an online business that keeps her very busy along with uploading a lot of photos.

Thanks.
 

A:New Build: Western Digital Blue or Black?

Blue. Because of her work tasks.
 

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So, I decided to run some maintenance checks on my hard drives today.
All my other drives are perfect, no dead sectors, still running cool, good read/write.
I have one of the Caviar Blacks dedicated to just Media. It's getting towards the full side, I only have 300GB free anymore.
But that's not the problem, apparently I've acquired a couple dead sectors in this drive.
There's no operating system, it's simply an internal drive used for Media.

Is there any way to repair this? I don't have enough free space anywhere else to back up all this media.
And I don't want any of it getting corrupted or lost.

What should I do?
Thanks

Specs:
Case: XCLIO BlackHawk
Monitors: (X3 HP 2310m 23” 1080P Glossy Monitors”
MB: ASUS M4A79 XTD EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Unlocked 4th Core OC 3.6Ghz
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB 4 x 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
GPU: X2 XFX Radeon HD 5770’s Juniper XT CrossFireX
HD: (X2 WD Caviar Black 1TB) (X2 Barracuda 500GB)
PSU: CoolMax GreenPower 950W Modular
 

A:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM - Dead Sectors?

Run the manufacturer's diagnostics on the run and get a their result, also the WD diagnostics offer an option to repair the drive - you may have to run the CD version of the diagnostics to be offered the repair though. Or if the drive fails then you can use the error code to have the drive replaced under the 3 or 5 year warranty.

WD diagnostics: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=613&lang=en
 

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For a while now, I've been curious to know what the differences are in the Western Digital Caviar Series.
So far as I know, Black is high performance, Green is eco-friendly and slow, but I'm not sure what the Blue series has to offer, other than a lower price tag.
Can anyone clearify what the techinical differences are between Black and Blue? For high performace reasons, I bought the Black series for my tower, but what would I have been missing out on had I gone for the Blue series?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Western Digital hard drives: The differences between Black and Blue Series

In theory, the Black is supposed to be the faster drive. In actuality, there isn't much between them. Speed rather depends on platter size and cache - The Black drives are either 32 or 64Mb cache, while the Blue drives top out at 32Mb.
Black drives carry a five year warranty, while Blue drives are three years which is probably of more significance.
 

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I have this hard drive that came from an external drive case. It had been corrupted I guess and repaired (I thought) with checkdisk, My computer spent 11 days fixing it. The drive spent a year of the shelf and I just tried installing it as a secondary drive to my computer. The drive showed up and the data while still corrupt was there. When I attempted to reformat the drive it gave me an error(sorry I don't remember what the error said.) and the drive itself vanished from Disk Management. It shows up in the boot setup menu as Unknown. Is there anything I can do to salvage this drive or is it gone for good?
 

A:Solved: Western Digital 2TB

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I'm in the market for a new hard drive and this year I don't know what to go for. Normally, I go for Caviar Black and everything's good. This year though, with the floods in southeast Asia, the rising prices, and the drop in quality, I am not sure what to do.

I am currently looking at 1-2 TB WD Caviar Blacks, but they do seem to have a higher than usual failure rate according to Newegg reviews.
 

A:Solved: Is Western Digital still the best?

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i just need someone to clear things up for me. I want to put this hard drive into my PS3 but I don't know the difference between av 25 and regular hard drive. I know this hard drive does work with PlayStation three but I also know that this hard drive is not supposed be turned on and off all the time because it's made for streaming media. And I might have to format it and fat 32 with a third-party program but I Artie have that so that's not a problem.I am wondering since it's designed to stay on all the time would it make any difference to the hard drive for me to turn on and off every couple hours my PS3 because it takes up a lot of power and I don't want to have it running all the time.
here is a link to the hard drive is at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136561

And on another note I wanted to get this hard drive because it has 30 mb of cache and no other drive that is 500 Gbytes at 5400 RPM 2.5 inch form factor has 30 MB cache so that's why I wanted to get this one. But one of the things is I don't really know the difference from 8 to 30 Mb cache all I know it is supposed to have some type of performance boost without boosting up the RPMs that the drive runs at so it won't have more heat. Because I'm trying to avoid overheating my PS3 which reports state a 7200 RPM drive can overheat the PS3 and give it the yellow light death meaning it melted the solder off the board.

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A:Solved: ps3 with Western Digital AV-25

got it just because just needed format as for the drive well see how long it last but it does work. i still want to know what the difference is i mean is it just really titled differently to attract certain customers.
 

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I will be building a new computer in the next few days and will be selling my old one. Before I get rid of it I want to remove everything from it to the best of my ability.
My question is.... If I use WD's app to write zero's to my H/D how many times will I have to use it in order to zap all info? I also want whoever buys my box to be able to install a O/S which shouldn't be affected as that's done by changing the boot-up in the bios anyway ( boot from cd )... right or wrong?
 

A:Solved: Western Digital's Zero Writer

DBAN will do the DOD approved drive erase, should be sufficient.
 

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I have a chance to buy either one or both of these:
1. Western Digital External Hard Drive WDC-WD2000JB-34EVA8, 200GB, with usb cable, power supply, already formatted.
2. WD ext HD WDC-WD2500JB-00GVA8, 250GB, also formatted w cable, power supply.
What do you know about these items and have you any comments about their functionality and reliability?

I have Vista Business and plan to use the drive to 1. store backups of my files and 2. to protect my pc by having a "mirror" of the hard drive on the external drive. By the way, I have no idea how to do all this, but I understand Vista has a fairly good method. I just need to learn how. I am not looking for help on that, with this thread, however. Thanks.
Mike
 

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I'm going to buy a 250gb external drive this week to back up my hard drive. I'm using my bestbuy card, and seagate and western digital are the brands they carry.

I tried to find customer reviews on the web of the two manufacturers and couldn't really find a consensus on which is more reliable and less prone to malfunction. I would appreciate any input some of you experts have had with these two drives.
 

A:Solved: seagate vs western digital

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I purchased 160GB EIDE Western Digital Hard Drive to replace my existing hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop. I've tried to clone it in an external enclosure via usb using the Acronis software that was offered on the WD site but Acronis didn't see the drive though the drive was visible in My Computer. I kept getting the message from the Acronis software that at least one WD hard drive must be in my computer in order to use the software. I contacted WD tech support and got this crazy response:

<I truly do apologize for the inconvenience but in order to use Acronis TI-WD you must have both internal HDs connected at the same time on the inside of your laptop. Acronis TI-WD wont work if the HD is connected via an external enclosures or RAID a setup.>

My question is how am I supposed to do this if there's only one hard drive bay and I wouldn't be able to use the cd bay since I'll need that to use the Acronis boot cd to clone the drive? Anyone have any solutions or do I need to forget upgrading the hard drive and just return it back to Dell? Thanks for any help with this neverending problem.
 

A:Solved: Crazy Response from Western Digital

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I purchased a Western Digital IDE/ATA hard drive from an auction site(model: WD400EB)as a second drive for backup purposes. It was delivered without a jumper. In looking at the WD install help sites the illustrated "jumper shunt' looks larger than the jumper on my originally installed Seagate drive. Western Digital gives no part # or actual size for the jumper.

Can anyone tell me what type of jumper WD uses and where I can possibly buy them. I should mention the drive is a used one so I have no access to WD's online help.
 

A:Solved: Western Digital HD--What type of jumpers?

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Help please,
Recently I have been having a problem opening files. When I click to open a file, from most any place, I get the following error box:
WD Context Menuhandler.
Failed to locate file-C\Program Files\Western Digital\WD smartware\\Locale\wdsmartware.tmx.

I can get out of the box by clicking ENT which then takes me to the file I was trying to open. But, should I try to delete said file I get the same error box and must go through the same procedure .

I do use WD as my back up drive but it is presently disconnected.

Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Jim
I tried to copy my sysinfo but I don't see a paste logo.
 

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I having problems finding it. I went to device manager and located it there but I'm unable to find it in my computer icon under drives. Please help
 

A:Solved: Question about Western Digital 7500

you probably need to format it. Go into computer management (right click my computer then go down to manage) , go to disk management, and see if you see an unallocated or uninitialized drive.
 

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Help following a unsuccessful ghost image, restore attempt on my dell laptop harddrive running (XP) my WD160Gb drive now only reads 55Gb capacity!, Cannot seem to figure out how to restore to full capacity. Any idea's, Thanks paul
 

A:Solved: Lost Gb on Western Digital drive?

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After major problems with WD 3TB external drive, I returned it to Best Buy and bought a Seagate 3TB unit.
I'm now attempting to remove all the WD software from my system. I haven't found an "uninstall" option
so I tried deleting the folder. I get msgs that certain .dll's can't be removed for various reasons ie: "currently in use",
"access denied", although I was able to delete one while in safe mode, but another I couldn't. I'm logged in as admin, so that's not the problem.
I can't use RESTORE since that software has been on my computer for about two years.
There are a load of file associated to the WD drive and I would love to clean them out.
 

A:Solved: Can't delete Western Digital software

I think the questions are:

1. What was the drive used for
2. What was the model of 3TB drive
3. Currently in use - depending on what it was used for and how that use was commissioned I would try booting into the system admin account
4. I really wonder, if it is worthwhile in any case, I suspect you may cause more problems than you will solve, there are in my opinion many considerations, not least of which, MAY be the effect on the registry.
5. I would certainly back up the registry using ERUNT for exmaple AND create a restore point before you think of proceeding
I see a real risk of this going pear shaped.
 

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Just bought myself a supa dupa all singing and all dancing HP PC capable of reaching the moon only to find that my WD external HDD (with ALL my backups!!) isn't recognized when I plug it in!

Done everything....... looked under DEVICE MANAGER = nothing, COMPUTER MANAGEMENT = Nothing, Explorer = Nothing, rebooted with/without the drive connected = Nothing, pulled the crappy cable in and out a thousand times = Nothing ..................................... From looking everywhere via Google this appears a MAJOR problem that a few thousand others who also thought the WD stuff would run on Win 8.

Any ideas appreciated as close to throat slitting time!
 

A:Solved: Can't get Western Digital external HDD to connect to Win 8

I probably can't help, but a couple basic questions ...

Model of the external drive?

Is it self powered? If not, does it require two USB connections or a USB 3.0 port?

Have you tried several USB ports?

Does it still work with another computer?
 

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http://www.metrodeal.com/deals/Metro_Manila/Pick-up-at-MetroDeal-Office/677292047

On this page is a picture that looks just like the Back up Drive I had gotten a couple of years ago.

I am very computer illiterate, but my computer repair man back then had told me to buy it. I lost the stuff that hooks to it to make it work.

If I went to a computer shop, would I be able to buy just the stuff (cord, etc) that goes with it? and how can I find out what I would need to buy?

My computer seems to be about to conk out on me and I need this perhaps right away.

Thanks,
Claudia
 

A:Solved: Western Digital Portable Backup System

All you need for that drive is the correct USB cable, any local store would have one; just take the drive with you to get the right one as there are different ends for the back of the drive. The USB 3.0 drive you linked too is unlikely to the be the same one as you bought several years ago, yours is likely a USB 2.0 drive with a USB Mini connector like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812226055

Also, having a backup drive and not using is a bad approach. The purpose of a backup is have it current and to use it as you use the computer and before the computer fails. In many cases you do not get any warnings when your hard drive will fail and you will lose everything.
 

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Is it not a good idea to leave it on with my computer all the time? I've heard mixed comments on this. My computer is on about 17 hours a day, and it gets shut off at night most of the time. Any advice would be appreciated.
 

A:Solved: New Western Digital External Hard Drive

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Hi,

Thank you for the help last time with my 80 gb external drive. This time is a little different, as it's my two-year-old 500 gb external drive acting up. I unplugged it last night and then plugged it back in a minute later, but it didn't detect. I then turned off the computer. Today, it still won't detect. The power light is on within the external drive. There is no sound made when I plug in the drive to any USB port of my notebook, and the drive isn't shown under either My Computer or Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management. From other research, I would try to "Import Foreign Disk" but don't see that option.

Please help. Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Nonresponsive 500 gb Western Digital hard drive

For anyone curious, today--approximately 36 hours after it stopped working--the drive is working fine in its usual port. I'm marking this thread as solved, but any tips for next time would be appreciated.
 

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I am attempting to install a 20 gig WD HD into an older AMD K62-500 machine running Win98se. I have attempted on multiple occasions to format using a win98 bootdisk. FDISK will not work, and gives me the no physical disk found error. The WD overlay software proceeds fine, tells me the drive is formatted and to reboot. When I reboot I get a DISK BOOT FAILURE message. The system is running the Award 4.51 bios with VIA Apollo VP4 chipset (2A5LHH0CC-00). I thought about flashing the bios, but I'm not to that point yet, I don't think. Also, I've tried changing the CMOS settings, but nothing has worked yet. Any suggestions? Thx, Koala72
 

A:Solved: Western Digital 20gig HD install problems

I would ditch the WD overlay software, you shouldn't need it - that motherboard ought to recognise a 20GB hard disk by itself. Make sure the drive is set to use LBA in the CMOS setup.
 

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I unplugged the external hard drive while working on some networking setups, and then plugged it back in to my pc.

Now the pc doesn't recognize the F:\ drive where it was previously.
I searched for new hardware and it doesn't recognize the hard drive.
 

A:Solved: Western Digital External Hard drive - not recognized

As a quick test have you plugged the drive into another system?

Have you tried another usb port on your system?
 

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Hi
I'm new to this forum, and I'm hoping somebody can help me out.
I am trying to download a version of Acronis True Image from here:
http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&type=download&wdc_lang=en
My cable connection is working fine, and it's a very fast connection, but the download just hangs at a certain point, and never completes.
Can somebody help me out by trying to download it from the same place to see if there's a problem?
I would appreciate it.
 

A:Solved: Trying to download True Image from Western Digital site

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I just bought a western digital 160GB hard drive to replace the one in my firewire case. The drive works fine but is only recognized as being 137GB.
I'm not sure why it is not seeing all of the drive.
Anyone have any ideas.
 

A:Solved: Western digital 160GB FW drive not fully recognized

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Hi,

I use a Dell XPS with Windows XP Media Center, Version 2002 Service Pack 3. I have a Western Digital MyBook Premium Edition 500GB External Hard Drive. It looks like this: http://reviews.cnet.com/hard-drives/western-digital-mybook-premium/4505-3186_7-31793438.html

Well the problem is that its supposed to be 500gbs or space. My pc only shows 232gb of harddrive space on My Computer and that its a FAT32 file system. The only thing I've done was plug it in and put doc, music, vid files in it, nothing else but that. At the time I didnt know if that was normal or not so I didnt do anything about it, but now that I've become more computer smart, I see that theres something up. Is there a way to get the other 200+gbs working from the external harddrive w/o losing my files that are already on it?

I did the My Computer>Properties>Volume, clicked on Populate and heres what I got:

Disc: Disk 1
Type: Basic
Status: Online
Partition style: Master Boot Record [MBR]
Capacity: 238473 MB
Unallocated space: 0MB
Reserved space: 0MB
 

A:Solved: western digital 500gb external harddrive prob

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Happy Holidays, all.

Thank you for the help some time ago with my 80 gb external drive. This time is a little different, as it's my two-and-a-half-year-old 500 gb external drive acting up. I unplugged it normally from my computer about 68 hours ago and then plugged it back in a few minutes later, but it didn't detect. I have since turned off the computer. As of now, it still won't detect. The power light is on within the external drive. There is no sound made when I plug in the drive to any USB port of my notebook, and the drive isn't shown under either My Computer or Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management. From other research, I would try to "Import Foreign Disk" but don't see that option.

Last time this happened (July), it started working again about 36 hours later, but it's already been almost twice that.

Please help. Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Nonresponsive 500 gb Western Digital hard drive (Dec. 2009)

Have you tried it on another PC?

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Hello everyone! Can I run ckdsk on a Western Digital 2TB ext usb drive,

without loss of any of the files which are on it now?? They are just files, not

an OS. If so, mounted or unmounted?? Thank you! -gustav521

A:[SOLVED] Western. Digital 2TB ext usb drive: chkdsk with no loss of files posible?

Depends on what, if anything, is wrong with the drive. chkdsk can lose files if they are corrupted or in a bad sector.

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Hi,

My Sony Vaio had some problems so I want to backup all the files onto this 500gb external harddrive. Only problem is that I couldn't get it to work. Says that theres an error. I decided to try with just 1 file that was 1gb and it worked fine, so I'm in need of some advice on what the problem could be. Its a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition, 500gb harddrive (465.16gb when viewed in Manage), FAT32, has no partitions.

Heres the specs of my pc: http://www.docs.sony.com/release/specs/VGNCR320EL_mksp.pdf
 

A:Solved: Not able to backup files to Western Digital MyBook 500gb external harddrive

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Is the Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB a decent enough hard drive to use as my boot drive? I will be using the PC for gaming, will this hard drive be good enough?
 

A:Solved: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB as boot drive?

Yes.
 

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I have a 500GB wester digital hard drive. I had backed up my pc before reformatting. I then bought a new pc. I want to get all my vidz, music and pics off it, But there arent a lot of file in it. It says that 202GB of 465G is free , but the files+folders in the hard drive only add up to 4.57gb. I realy need these files as they are my last and only back up. Is there a way to get to it or get them off. please help, or my family will kill me, I had about 14000 photos on there.
 

A:Western Digital

Check if the files are not hidden or crypted...

For that go to the HDD on my computer.

Start->My Computer->Tools(on toolbar)->Folder option->View->Select - Show hidden files and folders
 

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I have a question. As all you techies probably know, when you turn on a pc that has an external western digital HDD connected to it, the HDD turns on and off with the computer. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Reason being, I only back up to it seldom, and I often play loud music; I don't want my HDD on all the time when my computer is on. Is there some kind of workaround vs turning off the HDD right after it turns on with the PC every single time? (It's probably causing wear and tear when I do that).

Thanks everyone!

A:Western Digital HDD USB 3.0

Does the Ext HD have a ON/OFF power switch ?

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any one return a western digital hard drive to them by mail i was wondering if anyone knows if i send the box with the drive or just the drive it self sorry if this is the wrong place to post thanks for any help
 

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I just bought a new western digital hard drive and it has like a rubber coat on it and I was wondering if anyone has bought this same one and if it is really safe to leave that coat on? Anyone?
 

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