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You have set up two accounts. They work on email address and the password for it, so you must have used two 'New Account' set ups with the same address and two different passwords.

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Western Digital... | Answered on Jan 31, 2018


Yes, try a new shorter cable. Cables are cheap. One other thing. Unplug the USB, reboot the computer and then insert the USB cable to the External HD.

Western Digital... | Answered on Dec 10, 2017


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If you are getting a corrupted data message you can try to run disk cleanup on the drive to see if this fixes the problem.

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If this does not fix the problem then you will need to backup your files off the drive and do a full format. If you still have trouble after formatting the drive this is a sign that the drive is failing.

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Western Digital... | Answered on Nov 28, 2017


It is possible your external drive is formatted using FAT32. You need to need to format it to NTFS. Windows XP caps the file size for transfer and will not move them if they are over 4Gigs if I remember correctly.

Make sure you have saved all of your files onto another drive or onto your computer temporarily before you do the next step. The next step will erase all of the contents of your hard drive and you will not be able to get them back.

Also, before you

Go to My computer and right click on your external drive then click on properties. Look at the File System and if it says FAT32 or anything other than NTFS then you will need to do the next step. Again, backup your external drive contents before anything else.

Go to My Computer, right click on the drive and then format it and make sure you choose file system NTFS. You can also choose the quick option to speed things up. Once complete you will be able to transfer large files to the external drive. Hope this helps.

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Western Digital... | Answered on Oct 16, 2017


You don't say what Mac OS version you're running or many other details, but try running Disk Utility or Disk First Aid, normally in the Utilities folder, and see if it can repair anything.

It sounds like the drive is failing or has already failed.

PS: That Mac G4 is well past its prime. :-(

Western Digital... | Answered on Oct 12, 2017


It sure sounds like the HDD has failed.

Western Digital... | Answered on May 17, 2017


Typically this occurs when the permissions on your drive have been changed. Do a search on "resetting permissions" on your external hard drive that is specific to the operating system you are using. There are paid programs that can do this but don't be afraid to is a command shell window to carryout this task (this is a window where you actually type in commands with extensions like DOS in the old days). All tutorials out there will show you exactly how to open this shell window and what exactly to type in as a command. If you are not wanting to try then ask somebody you know that is computer savvy to help you out. It's only one command but once started may take sometime to complete depending on the size of your drive and how many files are on it (could take hours).

Western Digital... | Answered on Mar 16, 2017


you can try data recovery program like asoftech data recovery. you can download the software from
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Asoftech-Data-Recovery.shtml

Western Digital... | Answered on Nov 13, 2015


Firstly,recover harddrive datawith data recovery software.Then you can format it withlow level of format tool. For hard drivedata recovery software, I have a professional one on my computer that canrecover data after deeply scanning your hard drive to look for lost data due todrive crash, system sabotage, virus corrupted partitions, etc. You can downloadit and scan your hard drive for free to preview whether your data can berecovered. Get it from http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/datarecoveryprofessional.htm You can use this software to format yourdrive: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Any-Drive-Formatter.shtml

Western Digital... | Answered on Sep 02, 2015


Why would you?

The date should be on the top sticker though

Western Digital... | Answered on Aug 13, 2015


Ok this fix will erase all Partitions on the drive, Make sure you have all data back'd up.
Open Command:
Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. Or Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter.
You should have a black MS-DOS prompt on your screen. Type DISKPART in and press enter. Another window will open
Type: list disk It will the display list of devices with memory storage. Find your disk, It should be in a Table(kinda). You have to locate it by its size. so look for 1TB(1000GB) In this Example its Disk 2, yours may differ.
type in: Select disk 2
Execute the rest one by one: CLEAN CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SELECT PARTITION 1 FORMAT FS=FAT32 ASSIGN EXIT
Wait for one command to complete before running another
You should be left with a working FAT32 Device :P
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Western Digital... | Answered on Jul 19, 2015

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