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Western Digtal External HDD encryption

Q: Western Digtal External HDD encryption

I currently have encryption turned on for my WD external HDDs. But I've read a few articles that say their encryption is very easy to hack. I'm not quite sure of the technical issues involved, but I would like to make sure my content is safe if I lose a drive or it's stolen.

I could easily switch over to using VeraCrypt containers but I do like the simplicity of WD's interface (not that VeraCrypt isn't pretty simple too, I guess, haha).

Anyway, I would like some practical advice. Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Western Digtal External HDD encryption

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So I have a WD6400A drive that has been with me for a bit...not worked hard or anything well to get to the point of the story. Tonight and lately ive been getting errors on start about possible corruption or bad sectors.
Not thinking checked the box next to attempt to recover and repair bad sectors. No valid backup =/ theres nothing too terribly important except a lot of music and such but im still holding out on recovering some of it.

Ive already gotten the diagnostic from WD site and im running the extended test. 7 more hours to completion. The drive shows up fine in Devmngr but when I looked at it a bit ago in diskmgmt there was a chunk of approx 225GB of unallocated space??? I already know this thing is dying but im hoping to get the data off before I can it.

first simple smart test failed and the WD diagnostic that came with the drive wont even complete the scan without erroring out. Is it Puppy Linux time guys?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16367 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 60954 MB, Free - 13932 MB; E: Total - 99 MB, Free - 70 MB; F: Total - 953863 MB, Free - 47836 MB; G: Total - 274999 MB, Free - 268303 MB; H: Total - 99 MB, Free - 31 MB; L: Total - 678761 MB, Free - 380888 MB;
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This is the most aggravating thing in the world .. I can't eject my USB WD External Drive from my Windows 7 Laptop .. I don't have an issue at all when it's connected to my Windows XP desktop computer. It releases immediately. Also, absolutely NO ISSUE when using Flash Drives, they eject fine.

The drive is a USB Western Digital External Hard Drive that I use to save things I receive from the Groups I'm in to keep the clutter off my Laptop.

Whenever I try to eject via the Safely Remove Icon or go to the Open Devices and Printer and physically find the External Drive and select EJECT I get the same generic message that tells me this drive CAN NOT be closed as another program is using it.

DUH !! I'm sure it's a windows process but I can not locate what could possibly be holding onto the External Drive.

I've tried everything. I've run CC Cleaner to clear out possible offending files > I've shut down my Avast AntiVirus (until reboot) hoping if Avast was monitoring that drive somehow, this would release it.

I've opened TaskManager and NO PROGRAMS open that could be using it. Looked at the Process's Running NO CLUE what most of these are so kind of afraid to close something there.

The External Hard drive is my F:\ drive .. I know it's some kind of a windows process holding the drive because there are times I'll pull a graphic off of the external and use in an email but I never see anything in the Process's list that relate to an email program, which btw are closed b... Read more

A:USB Western Digital External HD Help

I also get this issue from time to time. Too infrequently for me to worry about it.

So rather than spending a lot of time tracking it down I simply restart the computer. When you restart (or shut down) Windows closes all working processes and "ejects" the drive before powering off. It is a safe way to disconnect the external without risk of losing data or other negative effects as far as I know.

I have read that the issue can be due to Indexing - try turning indexing off for the external, issues with Libraries, thumbnails, and of course, poorly written software.
There are a number of small programs you can download and install to explore Windows processes and turn them on and off if you want to try and track your issue down.

Check this thread here fore some: http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...l-usb-hdd.html

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Another problem with my computer stuff....

This time it's my External Hard Drive. When i plug it into the computer, literally nothing happens. It's not like the computer does not recognise it, it doesn't even show up on the safely remove, "My computer" and Device Manager.

The light is also flashing, Help would be greatly appreciated/
 

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I have a 80 GB external harddrive and I plug it into my computer using a usb cable and my computer finds the hardware and installs the driver and everything worked fine.

I've been out of town for a month or so and now that i get back and plug everything back in my HD will not open.

Everytime I click on the F: drive in My Computer it will open a window and that window will freeze and when I hit control-alt-delete it says Not Responding. I have all my files and programs on this harddrive can anyone help me so I can get it to work again.

I'm using XP Pro any help is appreciated.
 

A:Western Digital External HD

I don't have a quick solution for you yet but the last thing you should try is removing the drive from the case and installing it on your computer as an IDE device (slave). You should be able to access your data that way.
 

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Hello,

My wife dropped my brand new External WD HDD and it won't work.
I tried it on my Vista laptop and my Win7 Desktop.
In both computers the HDD will increase the booting time by 7-12 minutes and the HDD is detected, BUT it can not be opened/seen with the windows explorer.
It is 1.5TB in size and right now I am using HHD Regenerator with a bootable CD to recover the disk. The thing is that it has been 10 hours and only 0.04% of the disk has been scanned...1028MB to be precise and it keeps findings "bad sectors". I have like 2.100.000 bad sectors detected...at this rate it will take like 20 days to finish the scan...why is it taking so long???
Pls help, I need to rescue some info from that HDD.

Thanks in advance,

Jose...
 

A:My external Western Digital HDD is not recognized

Personally in my line of work, I've had to recover a lot of failing hard drives, but never did I have to recover one that had been dropped, that's a new one for me. I have heard, but never used, that program you speak of. I myself try to do my best to transfer information on a "going out" hard drive to another, rather than try and "regenerate" one.

Now mind you, the hard drive has been dropped, if dropped upon a carpeted floor, you may have a chance! Dropped upon a hard wood floor or tile floor and linoleum flooring, you most likely are out of luck.

If you can you should try and find yourself a spare hard drive, hook it up to your system and try running a program called "Drive Copy"! Might have better luck to just copy the hard drive, as it is now. Then worry about reforming or regenerating a hard drive.

And if all else fails, you said two key words in your post, which were brand new, you said the drive is brand new, so if you got the original packaging, sometimes not required, and you still have the sales slip, package all that together, and get yourself back to the store and get another new external hard drive.

"Seriously Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. salesperson, the drive just wont work, I can only wonder why" :rolleyes:

Good luck to you..............
 

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1T/B Western Digital external drive not being recognized

Hello everyone,
I have a WD 1T/B external hard drive that is not being recognized by my computer anymore. It just stopped working. When I plug the USB cable in, Windows recognizes that the device is there, and says that it has installed the approapriate software for the device and it is ready to use. However, the drive does not appear in My Computer. Also, I have right-clicked on my computer and then the Manage option, and under Disk Management, I do not see the drive. I have all of my sports games and music on the drive. I just need some help on how to solve this problem.
 

A:1T/B Western Digital external drive

Tried another PC? Its possible something in the enclosure died and the drive itself is fine. Could open the enclosure up and put the drive in another one or put it internally in a PC.
 

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I was given an external hard drive by a friend of mine. When I got it, it was working fine, it could read and write - transfer files and worked with all my computers.

I decided I wanted to use it as my iMac backup and for that it required to be reformatted. So I used the inbuilt Disk Utility. but I ended up with the error message

Unable to write to the last block of the device.

I left it on my Windows PC overnight and it was still reformatting about 8 hours later. When I plugged it into my Mac, it had a partition, but I can't do anything with it on my mac. and when i try to make a partition on my mac it get the same error

Unable to write to the last block of the device.

Nothing I do seems to work!!
Many websites have just said that it's dead and to get a new one or send it to an expert, but I like to give these things a try. I've got nothing to lose.
Anyone got any ideas, from software to hardware.
When I open it on my computers it's not connected as a drive, it needs to be initialised.

Thank you.
 

A:Western Digital External Harddrive

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Would like to ask for your recommendations.I'm deciding on buying a new external HDD later on..But i'm not sure which is better?Seagate freeagent or WD's my passport essentials?Am planning on getting a 320gb type..

Looking forward for your replies..Thanks.

A:Seagate or Western digital External HDD?

I think it would be better to get an enclosure .. And a good quality Hard Drive of your choice ..
and build your own .. There's advantages of being able to get to the HDD

Something like these parts ..
Newegg.com - Rosewill RX-358-S
Newegg.com - western digital caviar black
See the 5 yr warranty on the HDDs ??

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I really need some good technical help. I have many important files from work on my Western Digital 1TB External HD (model WD10000H1U-00) purchase 6months ago. It is connected to my Toshiba Satellite L505 (laptop) 64-bit OS.

I was satisfied by the external HD, and purchase a second one (2TB - model WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN) 2 days ago. I began to transfer large files form my original 1TB to my 2TB for permanent records. The USB connector was accidentally detached during transfer, and now all my original on the 1TB model files will not open. Files that transferred are fine. But many others are not not opening.

Original folder names are intact, albeit sub-folders and any contents therein have strange marking, not original names.

1. I tried "Restore Previous Version" option... and it did not give me a choice/option to restore from.
2. I ran "Error Checking" and it did nothing.
3. I ran "Defragmentation" and it also did nothing.

Now, each time I try to open the folders, I cannot see contents and I am getting the OPEN WITH (PROGRAM) window, as if the file extensions were lost. Which is strange, because all contents are different types of files such as word, excell, pictures, movies, etc. So, I cannot really choose an OPEN WITH option.

Files seem to still be in the HD as it shows 23GB free and 931GB used.

HELP!! How do I recover my files? I really need help, this is vital information I just cannot lose. Please someone help me.
 

A:Western Digital 1TB external HD malfunction

First Rule is to Copy and Paste and then Delete.
having said that you probably need a recovery software. I haven't used Recuva, but it gets good reviews and believe is free.
I have had good success recovery jpegs (my wedding pictures actually) from a formatted and reinstalled OS using Active Undelete. http://www.active-undelete.com/
Highly recommended.
 

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Hi peeps

Thought I'd come on here to refresh my enthusiasm! Trying to fix a friend's Western Digital external hard drive which is an old type 'My Book Essential' drive. Have read up on the Internet and this seems to be a common problem - as soon as the hard drive is plugged in, it instantly slows the computer right down (so it's almost unoperational). It takes between 3-5 minutes to show up in My Computer and even then you aren't able to open the drive (hangs when you click on it and fails to open). If I go into Disk Management it appears in there and says it's 100% free which I know for a fact isn't correct, well at least I hope not!

It shows up in Device Manager instantly under disk drives. It's a 1600JB (either hard drive ID or model number). Can anyone shed any light on the problem? I really want to get this working again and has a lot of music and photos stored on there.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.
 

A:Western Digital External HDD Problem - Help Please!

The first thing I'd try .. Is run a Data recovery on it.
See if the data recovery can see the drive and recover the files.

Recuva is popular here at TSG .. Here's a list of recommended Recover programs.
 

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Hello all. Hoping you can help me out.
You see, here's the problem: I installed Windows 8 Release Preview on my external HDD (which is not in an enclosure.) I was messing around using Windows 8 (booted from the HDD) and suddenly, the cable came loose. Everything stopped. I got a BSOD, and then it shut down. Since then, I have booted into Windows 7, and the device is not at all recognised. It isn't displaying in Disk Management, or Device Manager.
I'm not sure where to go to next.
Please try to help me.
Greatly Appreciated!

A:Western Digital External HDD - Not being recognized

Is there not a reset button on the back that you can press to reset it?

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My Western Digital 500 GB external drive took a nose dive yesterday. When I plug it in to the computer via the USB drive, the computer doesn't see it. I went ahead and took it out of the plastic case just to see if anything was noticably broken. Nothing seemed loose or anything. It will still power on and the drive seems to run when its plugged in to the computer. (It feels really weird now though when it runs--almost like holding two of the same poles of a magnet together). I took the drive to Micro Center to pick up cables so I could try to plug it in to my desktop or laptop. The tech support person was able to access the drive when it was plugged directly in to his computer via SATA cable. I got the cables I needed...got home...can't find a place to plug the cables into inside the desktop or laptop... Anyhow.. I'm thinking that the problem is more with the component that enables the drive to be plugged in to the USB.. its a circuit board that the power supply, SATA, and USB cord plug in to. Does anyone know what its called? Is it possible to buy a replacement part for it? Are there any other suggestions? Thanks!
 

A:Western Digital External Drive Problem

You can buy an external case replacement. The drive will mount inside the case. I'm not sure what size you've got, but you can start here and refine your search. http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=92&name=External-Enclosures
 

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I am planning on buying a Sata, external Hard Drive. I plan to use it now with Vista Home Premium 64, with my new OS 7, when I receive the DVD, in Oct., and finally just with 7. Does anyone have any experience with this hard drive and its compatiblity with Windows 7. Thanks

A:Western Digital External Hard Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by richc46


I am planning on buying a Sata, external Hard Drive. I plan to use it now with Vista Home Premium 64, with my new OS 7, when I receive the DVD, in Oct., and finally just with 7. Does anyone have any experience with this hard drive and its compatiblity with Windows 7. Thanks


WD had a bad period for a couple of years in the race with Maxtor, but their products have improved to the level they once had, since last year.

If you connect the sata drive with USB2, it will be horribly slow.

If your computer has an e-sata connection, buy an e-sata external disk and the performance will be equal to internal drive.

There are also e-sata adapter boards to put into your computer, allowing you to connect the e-sata drive.

Just something to think about.

greetz.

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Hi,

My LG 42LX6900 displays the above message whenever I connect my new Western Digital 5TB HD.

I have formated, created 3 partitions ensuring that none of them exceeded 2TB and tried googing for solutions.

I had this issue before with a 3TB Seagate HD and I recall resolving it by creating two partitions and ensuring they were both under 2TB.

Only difference between this 3TB and 5TB is that the 3TB is MBR and the 5TB I had to do as GPT in Windows 10 X64 - as when I tried to shrink the partitions it would not allow me to select one if it was MBR.

Format is NTFS, wish to keep it like this as plan to transfer large movie files to this drive.
Hard Drive is desktop and mains powered.

Any help would be appreciated?

Thanks

A:Problems on USB message on LG TV - Western Digital 5TB External HD

Ok I have part found the solution now. I download some other software to use - Paragon Partition Manager - free version.
I then deleted the partitions, formatted and started all again.

I started of as MBR and then created 3 partitions - first two being under 2TB and the third one being the smallest under 1TB.
I assigned the 1st partition as active and primary - not sure if it needs to be active.

I copied one movie file into each partition and now the TV recognises the first two volumes but not the smallest one.

I could get by as I did not plan to use the last partition for movies, but it would be helpful to know why it does not see the final partition and if this can be resolved?

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I use the program there came with the disk, WDSmartWare. It's OK, but i can't delete the backup. It sounds strange to delete a backup, but it's because it's an old backup from another computer.

I've tried to delete the folder in Ubuntu which i've installed on a third-partition. It seems to work, but when i change to Windows there is a folder named .Trash-1000. I HAVE emptied the trash can in Ubuntu. If I rename the folder in Windows to f.x. "Delete me!", I can see it again in Ubuntu. Maybe I have to say that i've a bit problems when i have to remove the HDD from Ubuntu. It's says that there still is a process running, but the process doesn't stop. I've waited for an hour now. If I right click on the process and select "End task", Ubuntu works a few seconds and when it says "You can remove the movable disk now".

I've also tried to delete the folder in Super-admin account in Windows.

What can I do more?

Sorry for my bad english!

A:Can't delete folder on Western Digital External HDD

Have you tried to uninstall it? It might work if you uninstall it then delete the folder.

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Hi,

I recently installed a Western Digital "My Book" 320G external hd. The drive powers down whenever I turn off the CPU, but the blue power indicator light comes on every five seconds, even when my entire system is shut down. Is this normal? I do not hear any drive activity, but the light is annoying in a dark room when I sleep. It is plugged into a Belkin USB hub which is powered separately, but the only way to turn off the hub is to unplug it. The hd is remarkably light on documentation. Any ideas?

Thanks!
 

A:Western Digital external HD power light

It's possible that the light will flash in standby mode as long as there is power from the USB hub. There is some information here which might help
 

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Okay so here is the issue. A buddy of mine is having issues with his External Western Digital Harddrive. The Harddrive is a 1Tb. His laptop is a HP Netbook Mini 210-1180NR. When ever he plugs his external into his computer he instantly gets BSD. He has plugged my two Externals, A Toshiba and A Seagate, no BSD they loaded with no problem. I plugged his External (WD) into my Dell Latitude E6420 ATG and it loaded up with no problems. This WD external works on all other laptops except his (HP Netbook). We have unistalled all programs dealing with Western Digital and I have looked at many forums with no luck. All of the machines Have Windows 7 Installed. Any help to this problem will be greatly appreciated, as myself or any of my IT buddies have had zero luck.
 

A:Western Digital external Harddrive Causing BSD

Is there anything on this drive that needs to be kept or can you backup anything on it to another?

What is the exact model of the WD unit? Some of these units come with a special virtual disc that contains additional features or the software, and sometimes that can cause problems, I'd probably recommend remove of it but it requires a special utility. WD also releases firmware for some of their drives too, it may need one of those updates.
 

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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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Good Morning Everyone,
I have a Western Digital SATA HDD 500gb that was in an external "my book" enclosure that has died on me. The case itself powers up but the drive does not spin up and is not recognized in windows or linux. I have tried the following;

1. Removed drive from case and plugged in as second drive in my desktop with no luck in seeing it.
2. Booted the computer using a BartPE disk and tried to see if I could see the disk through the utility with no luck.

I am guessing my last resorts are to either find a logic board that matches and try to save the data or send to a company that will require my first born child as payment!

I would like to replace the logic board if that is the case, but want to make SURE what I am looking for before I randomly go spending money on HDD's that I think will work because of model, DCM# etc.

any help is appreciated from everyone!!
 

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hey i want to remove the virtual disc drive from my western digital my book and use it as a normal external drive.. i dont want to use the WD software..

ive heard that there is some way to do this, but i searched the WD website and couldnt find anything...

has anyone else ever done this, or heard of this?

also, it must be something new they have started doing because my old 250gb mybook has no virtual drive or anything...

A:western digital my book external drive

have you tryed looking up free software for the virtual hdd? and also wouldnt this be in the registry as well im sure if you can find the extention and maybe manualy delete it or use software that will restore the drive to the original http://dvdxcopy.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/260338also try this it may help it also talks about how to get rid of it through hardware manager

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I have a laptop evo n1020v and on the side I have an external WD disk (XMS2500TE - model).

The problem is that when I connect it to the laptop it recognizes new hardware but it is unable to install it. Furthe rmore when I go into device manager - the device manager keeps flashing as if i is constantly rescaning for new hardware. As soon as I unplug it everything is back to the norm. When I try a USB thumb drive it works fine.

Any help is appreciated..

Thanks
 

A:Western Digital External Disk not recognized?

I connected it to my other laptop nc6010 and it works fine...

its just this laptop and my other custom desktop won't recognize it...
 

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Hello;

All help and suggestions would be great I have a Western Digital Model 1600/32-001. I've had this for a few years no problems. Went to plug it into my lap top and the darn thing sounds like it wants to turn on but won't nor does it register on my computer.

again it sounds like it's sound s like it's trying to turn on then get's to a certain point then stops and start the same process all over again.Thanks for in advance for your help.

Mark
 

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A friend has bought a Western external hard drive for 39.99 from Tesco and there were no instructions on how to back up files to it, apart from Chinese! . Eventually I opened the My Documents window and opened the External drive window (F drive) and selected the whole of My Documents, including My Music and My Pictures, and dragged and dropped and it copied all of the selected files to the external drive. I safely removed it and insterted again and checked the files were copied to the drive and managed to drag one back to desktop and it copied it back ok, but I wanted to transfer some of the files to another computer, and it would not recognise the USB in the second computer. I feel worried that if the need to re-establish these files onto a new computer, if the backup was needed, that it would not work. Any ideas. When I first inserted the USB for the external hard drive autoplay did not come up and I had no idea what to do, but treated it the same as a flash drive and it seemed to work. But it should surely open on another computer, as that would be the point of the backup.
 

A:Western Digital External hard drive

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I recently got a SimpleTech 160GB external hard drive (model #96300-4001-001) to replace the Western Digital 80GB external (model #WD800B008-RNN) that I had managed to fill up. When I connected the Simpletech drive, I couldn't access the WD drive. I shut down and disconnected the SimpleTech drive and started up again, but the WD drive was no longer recognized. Everytime I connect the WD drive, windows (XP, recently updated) gives me a USB Device Not Recognized message and lists the drive as an unknown device on a 6 port USB hub (it's not connected to a hub). I thought this might be an issue with the drivers installed on my machine so I've hooked it up to others with the same results. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drive in the device manager and running WD's diagnostic software (as was recommended by their tech support) to no avail.

Is there anything I can do to get the drive to be recognized again?
 

A:western digital external hd no longer recognized

Good Afternoon professor stas, these kinds of devices on USB can really be difficult to troubleshoot.
Rather than get too involved and possibly damage something, the easiest path is to remove the drive from the case and then install it as fixed drive in a machine.
This avoids the go-between stuff that most likely will be causing your problem.

With windows it is not uncommon to sneeze and you will lose your USB stuff!

Another option may be to run a live Linux system, this is where a different reliable kind of operating system would load.
This path would need a bit of re-learning. (fifteen minutes or so!) LOL!

Others will have different ideas.

There are all kinds of options.
Cheers, qldit.
 

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I recently purchased a 1 TB Western Digital MyBook external hard drive. The device turns on just fine, displaying a light blue oval shape on the front of it. Although when i try to move files onto the drive, the amount of free space goes down, but the files do not show up in the drive. There are no sub-folders only one central folder where i tried to move the files. I have "show hidden files and folders" on so it's not being hidden. Because it was the first time i've used it, I decided to try to format it, but after I set the options to default and clicked start. It asked me if i was sure i wanted to, clicked yes, then it said "Windows was unable to format drive"

If anyone has an idea on how to fix this issue it would be much appreciated. If you want some further clarification on what is going on, I have no problem doing so.

Thank you,
 

A:Western Digital MyBook external HD malfunctioning

1) If you just bought it, your best resolution might be to simply return/exchange for another one

2) For general reference, See Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive and note the first couple steps. Try
> Running Windows Update
> Running the DriveCleanup tool

3) Also, do you have the same problem with a different computer? You can also test it on your computer under Knoppix (to see if it's a Windows issue or not) See How to recover your folders/files when Windows won?t boot for how to create a bootable Knoppix CD. Then boot up and test it
 

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so ive got a western digital my book essential external hard drive. ive had it for about 2-2.5 years now and ive loved it. it is a 500gb. ive been using for storeing pretty much everything on withoit a problem untill now. recenlty its not been able to let me access the contents and now i cant even see it on my computer. also when i plug it in sometimes it will bog the comp down and the access light flikers wich normally it doensnt do this unless in use. is it cooked? shoudl i thorow it down my stairs?brake torque it? i really dont want to have to buy a new one and also id like to get my data back

edit:

just noticed i can see the drive but it is not accessible when i try and it is not called files like its supposed to just a generic name and drive letter. also when i try to acess it it crashes explorer unless i wait for about 2 minutes untill it says u need to reformat this drive to use it. ive already tried to make it work on 2 computers 1 install of vista and 2 installs of xp with same results

does anybody have a solution for me dont wanna lose 300+gb of data
 

A:western digital external drive issues

Those are some of the classic signs that the drive is failing. Your options are to try some recovery software, free or otherwise, try to image the drive with something like Acronis True Image with the ignore bad sectors option turned on (check which version supports that option before using), or possibly running a program like SpinRite from www.grc.com targeted at the drive (Ideally making an image first to get what you can and then run SpinRite which may very well make it possible to recover all the data...or kill the drive if its a mechanical problem because SpinRite works the drive pretty hard.
 

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ok, so i have a 640GB WESTERN DIGITAL EXTERNAL ELEMENTS HARD DRIVE, the computer (running 32-bit windows 7 home premium) recognises it with the "du-du" sound when it is plugged in, BUT. wond tecognise it in "My computer" it shows up in the "device management list" but i cannot Manualy change the drive letter, the option isnt even there. i want the data off of it, it is not under warranty. anybody have any ideas for me to try?
 

A:Western Digital external drive not recognized

Was it previously recognised, but won't now?

Some more information about how it happened would be handy, as that will help diagnose any problems.
 

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I have tried to install a Western Digital My Book 2 750GB external hard drive on my friends Toshiba Windows Vista laptop. It does not show as being on the laptop other than when you go to safety remove hardware. I have successfully installed it on my Toshiba Windows Vista laptop without any problems. I have been to the WD website and downloaded software which had to go straight on to the hard drive. Obviously I could not do this on my friends laptop but could on mine, with success. However this has not helped for my friend. Can anyone help please. Johanne
 

A:Western Digital External Hard Drive

If you go to the device manager, does the external show and have a drive letter assigned?
 

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I have a few of these drives and I would like to now use them as internal SATA drives instead of external USB.

I have tried doing a lot of things to open the case but am having a problem getting the darn thing to open

Here are some pics of how I've been doing it:

Here are the steps I've taken:
1. remove black paint under my rubber foot
2. unscrew screw
3. Press tabs on both sides of drive

This should then pull apart. I've read other threads on different forums that say this is all that is needed. I've gone to the extent of permanently depressing the tabs to the point where they are almost broken!

Any ideas here as to what is holding it together?
 

A:How can I open my External Western Digital Mybook HD?

Dremel Tool with the cutting wheel.
 

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I have a failing pc. Tried to back up to new western digital 3tb drive but it won't let me. I have an Xp os that I upgraded to win 7 ultimate. I reformatted per some other forums but still no. It says the back up could not be performed because of an I/O device error. Any help would be appreciated.

A:failed back up with new western digital 3tb external hdd

Do you still require assistance with this issue?

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I tried to re hook up my Western Digital External HD back up to this computer as I had it on my computer downstairs, when I plugged in the power cord blue sparks shot out so I moved it into a diffierent socket and now the light just keeps blinking and my computer won't recognize it at all. Please help I can't afford to lose my personal things on here!
 

A:Western Digital External HD stopped working

You can take it out of the enclosure and hook it direct to a Desktop PC internally......or you can buy a Enclosure for it...sounds like the powersupply went south.
 

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Hi Guys

I have a WD 1T My Book, which i have used twice, in six months. Now the PC won't recognise the external drive. The external has is powered up light on and the latest version of the WD software is installed on my PC, but still it is not seen. I have been through the device manager search etc and still nothing. I am using Vista 32bit with sp2 installed. All my other usb devices work no problem. Any suggestions.

Cheers

A:Western Digital external drive probs

for starters go to wg support WD - Service & Support Home and download and run the lifeguard diagnostic app for your model.

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I have an external Western Digital HD that is playing up. When plugged in it just emits a "beep beep" and the power lights do not come on, also it does not show up on "My computer" anyone got any ideas?
 

A:western digital external drive (not about the lawsuit though)

Well, first stop it to try it on another machine. If it fails there, you'll probably have to contact WD if it's under warranty, and crack the case and test the drive itself if the warranty has expired.
 

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Heres how it goes...
I use my external as a storage for a lot of important data. Just today, I turned it on and noticed the drive loaded, but, when I clicked on it, it had said "The disk in drive L is not formatted Do you want to format it now?" The hard drive was full to the 450gb mark! Hopefully this can be fixed without losing any data, I don't know what could have caused this to happen.
Your help is appreciated.

Edit: Right now I'm scanning with Data Lifeguard. Its going to take 4 hours, so Ill update when its done.
 

A:Western Digital - External Drive Problem

We hear "The hard drive was full to the 450gb mark!" all too often... The drive is probably toast
 

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Hi SevenForums Community,
I just accidentally hit the power cord running from my external 1TB Western Digital MyBook Essentials with my foot and the drive crashed over 2 feet to the ground!

Nothing is cracked.. And the drive still has all the files on it and it playing music and movies just fine... but I think i should check it and stuff. The only thing that happened the connectors on the back are off alignment now with the plastic casing so i have to slide over to insert cables. This drive has everything of mine that i own on it and I'm worried about it.

Is there any software i should use to check this drive for errors?

Thanks so much..!

A:DROPPED my Western Digital External drive!!

I would just open a command shell and run a chkdsk <drive letter>: on the drive, and let that report any possible errors.

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How do I reformat my 320GB WD Passport Elite? I really don't know anything about computers or hard-drives, and I can't figure out how to do this. Help would be much appreciated!
 

A:Reformatting a Western Digital external hard-drive help

Go to Computer Management-Disk Management locate the drive in question, right click on it and select format.
 

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operating system: win XP

external hard drive: western digital WD 5000AAK

my brother just took my external hard drive to his friend to copy some series from him (vista computer!!!) and when he connected the hard drive to our PC again and opened the "series" folder, the hard drive crashed, closing everything including explorer.exe. after some seconds, explorer shows up again. we never had this problem before, i suppose the problem exists because of the different operating systems

i would appreciate your help!!!
thank you!!

A:western digital external hard drive keeps crashing

can anyone help me???

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Hi all,
Got a Western Digital My Book WD2500 032-001 External Drive with issues.
Had it for 2-3 years just for back-up. The other day it just started clicking so
I turned it off and back on. Since then, it starts up, clicks a few times, and then you
can hear it wind down. Green light stays on as normal. Can't see it in My Computer or
device manager.
Searched online and didn't really see too much other than remove it from the case and insert
in a desktop so this is what I did. Put it in an XP system. When I turn the PC on the drive clicks
a few times and the computer gives me a black & white screen that shows my CPU, ram, drives,
at the bottom it says ERROR 0200: Failure Fixed Disk 1, Del to Setup or F1 to resume.
When I resume it starts fine but can't see the the WD drive in My Computer, Disk Mangement, or in Bios.
Not sure what the jumper settings should be although I did search and I put them at what
I think are slave settings. Don't know if I may need to download some drivers for the system to see the drive or what.
The data isn't too important but would like to get at it if I could.
Thanks for any help!
 

A:External Western Digital Drive Clicking & Can't Access

Typically, this means your drive is dead and salvage is very expensive.
 

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I am using WD 1TB external Harddisk(Windows 7 home premium 64 bit), but few days ago, when i want to transfer file to my harddisk, it's fail to do so. After this , I just close my folder and off my laptop, but starting that time, it start show I/O error when i connect hard disk to laptop, even laptop can detect the hard disk also, it also show nothing and cant open the hard disk folder, can somebody please help me to solve this problem?

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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting here so please bear with me.

Lately I seem to be having problems with my WD 1TB external hard drive. I noticed the problem about 2-3 weeks ago when I went to play some music from Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player took a very long time to open and when I went to play some music files it would freeze up and I would have to end the Windows Media Player process through the Task Manager. After that I tried going directly into my external hard drive to play the music, but Windows Media Player would not play any file I chose. I noticed as I was opening the external hard drive through Windows Explorer it took a very long time for all the files to load and there is only 48GB worth of data on the external hard drive. I then started looking around online and found that it may be some type of security issue or that I should run CHKDSK. I tried to change the security settings so I could gain access for my files, but it kept coming up as Access Denied. Then I decided to run CHKDSK, which was somewhat of a mistake/problem because it took about 4 or 5 days to finish (I checked both boxes in CHKDSK). After CHKDSK finished it said that some problems were found and fixed, but as of now I am still having problems trying to access my files.

Regardless of what CHKDSK accomplished, I still think that there is a security issue and I cannot figure out how to fix it. The only way that I can get everything to work is to go file by file a... Read more

A:Problems with Western Digital external hard drive

Check to see whether Permissions Time Machine can help resolve your problem.

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Do create a System Restore point before using this software so that you can revert back if need be. ( In fact you should always do that before trying any new software you haven't used before..)

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I have a 80 gig external hd that i store all my programs and other files on while just using my 10 gig internal hd for windows pro xp sp2 and its updates. Whenever I restart my computer or shut off and turn back on it makes it to the screen where it checks for all boot devices and master/slave drives, but whenever I have the external plugged in at boot it will not try to detect anything it will just hang there. Then if i unplug the external drive and restart it boots up fine and then i just plug back in the external. This is a problem since i have all my programs on the external and if i forget to plug in the external nothing works. Any help appreciated.
 

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Hi to all (and happy new year!)

I want to buy a 2.5" external drive, but as you can imagine i don't know which one.
I have already opened a thread like this in tom's hardware:

[ I can't post the link due to rules, please google username gouzou in tomshardware to find the thread ]

but i wanted more like a debate on this matter.

The competitors are:
1) WD my passport Elite 5400rpm, 750gb
2) Seagate Goflex Pro 7200rpm, 500gb
3) Samsung S2 HX-MTA64DA, 7200rpm(i think..), 640gb

WD and Seagate come in same price, Samsung $20 more.
Please consider rpms, density of data, reliability and only usb3.0 or esata for your verdict.

I mainly want the drive to have high write rate.
 

A:Western Digital vs Seagate vs Samsung External 2.5"

Well for the start all those have preloaded software on them, if you like them or no thats up to you (for backing up your media).

the Seagate Goflex Pr haves some nice features, but only if you have a device to use it, ill say its between the WD and the Samsung, obviusly the Samsung will be faster but the WD haves 90Gigs more,its up to you if you want more speed or those 90Gigs more.
 

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Good afternoon,
I am sure this has been mentioned on here many times, but every time I search for my problem, I always get the same results: Third party this, format this, backup your data that.

Here is what is going on. I have a 2TB external hard drive that is more than 90% full. backing up my data via third party software is not an option because I don't have room to store the data anywhere. The copious amount of data on the drive is also why I can not just simply format the drive to change the file system. I have also tried a couple of methods involving check disk commands and using disk management. neither of these methods have worked out in my favor. This problem has really shaken my confidence with computers and troubleshooting. up until this point I thought I was pretty well educated on fixing stuff like this, but I really can not figure this one out.

So here's the summary: large hard drive, no formatting, no backing up the data, RAW to NTFS.

Thank you.
 

A:2TB Western Digital external hard drive Raw to NTFS

I'm still confused. What is it you want to do?

Try Recuva, if you think your files have been deleted!
 

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A friend of mine thinks he has fried his 120GB Western Digital External USB hard drive and wants to know if there's any way to retrieve the data and/or fix it.
It is a WD Model WD800B008-RNN 120GB drive.

What he did was he accidentally plugged the 30V power adapter from his printer into the 12V hard drive. He brought the drive to work today and I can even smell the fact that it is slightly burnt.

He says when he plugs it in now, the two lights on the front (one green and one red) light up, and his computer seems to recognize that the drive is there, but he can't access it.

Is there anything that can be done to recover the data? Or is the only possibility that of bringing it to a disaster recovery company which charges an arm and three legs just to attempt to fix/recover it (which often still isn't possible).
 

A:Possible Fried Western Digital External USB Hard Drive

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1. Disk management showing disk 1 -unknown- -not initialized-

2. When i tried to initialized it show -incorrect function-

3. I tried the recovery software but all of them cant detect my external HDD

4. The Data Lifeguard Diagnostic from western digital managed to detect my external and showing there is bad sector but when i tried to repair, it give me this message -unable to repair bad sector-

Please help!!! is there any chance i can fix this?

A:Please help,disk 1 unknown not initialized (western digital external)

I guess there is mechanical problem with the hard drive. you can try checking and repairing bad sectors (http://www.articlesbase.com/hardware...s-6907958.html), or just send it to some drive repair center.
but, if there is important files on the drive, you'll have to recover data before repairing it.

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