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SOURCE: no writable WD smartware partition found

One or more of the hints below will probably sort out most USB problems with most USB portable / external hard drives and OTHER devices (though not always)

A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)

3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.

4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.

5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port

6. For FLASH DRIVES you should ensure that the device is set for "quick removal" using the drive control panel properties or use the USB "Safely Remove Hardware" option. If you dont do this there is a very strong chance that any files you transfer may not be there when you plug into another computer.
7. It is possible to remove drives from the enclosures in most cases and connect directly inside a PC to fully check it.
You should also do this to cheack the drives connections are not bad inside the enclosure.
 
8. If none of the above steps help look at updating the drivers from the manufacturers web site in the support section.

9. If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.
Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further
10. ensure that you have set removable drives for "quick removal" or that you use the "Safly Remove Hardware" option often shown on the lower toolbar.It is possible that files my not be fully written to external devices before they are removed. This corrupts the file itself and even on occasion the drive.
SPECIAL NOTES
USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason.
Sandisk Cruzers are especially bad for this.

USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care.
This is a real hard drive ! and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.

Note that if you hear a drive clicking or pinging this could be the worst thing you would hear.
Known as "The Click Of Death"
Hope this gives you the information you need

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IF IT IS LESS THAN 30 DAYS OLD , W/D HAS FREE SUPPORT. OR OPTION B GO TO CONTROL PANEL, ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS, COMPUTER MANAGEMENT, UNDER STORAGE, CLICK DISK MANAGEMENT, WAIT A FEW SECONDS, THEN ENLARGE THE PAGE. LOOK FOR YOUR DRIVE. THEN LOOK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE UNALLOCATED SPACE. IN ANY EVENT, RIGHT CLICK THE DRIVE, SEE THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, MIGHT WANT TO MARK PARTITION AS ACTIVE. .....HOPE THIS HELPS........JEFFXC.......... IF PURCHASED @ WALMART, THEY WILL TAKE ANYTHING BACK!

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My motherboard is dell GX260 when I trun on my computer it make 6 beeps what problem has my motherboar?


Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
  1. Shut down and restart the computer.

  2. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12> immediately.

note.gif NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from your Drivers and Utilities CD.

If you wait too long and the Microsoft® Windows® logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer through the Start menu and try again.

  1. When the boot device list appears, highlight Boot to Utility Partition and press <Enter>.

  2. When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run.

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I would run diagnostics. Here's how you do it if the utility partition exists on your hard drive:

Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive
  1. Shut down and restart the computer.

  2. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12> immediately.

NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from your Drivers and Utilities CD.
If you wait too long and the Microsoft® Windows® logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer through the Start menu and try again.
  1. When the boot device list appears, highlight Boot to Utility Partition and press <Enter>.

  2. When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run.

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Ugrading


Hi,

The message would be expected since there is no hard drive. Partition Table refers to information about primary partitions and an extended partition a 64-byte data structure located in the same sector as the Master Boot Record inside the hard drive.

This might be of additional help.

Hope that this be of initial idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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  2. Install the Windows XP disc.

  3. Press and hold <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> at the same time to restart the computer.

  4. When the computer restarts and the splash screen appears, press

  5. In the Boot menu, use the <Up> and <Down> arrows to select either CD or DVD, and then press <Enter> to continue.

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  7. At the Windows XP setup window, select To set up Windows XP now, press Enter, and then press <Enter>.

  8. Press <F8> to accept the terms and conditions specified in the license agreement.
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  11. When the Confirmation screen appears, review the warnings and press <Enter>to continue. You will now be returned to the previous screen.

  12. Use the <Up> and <Down> arrows to highlight the unpartitioned space and press <Enter> to set up Windows XP. The Windows XP Setup appears with the following information highlighted: Format the partition using the NTFS system.

  13. Press <Enter> to continue. On the next screen, a progress bar shows the format process. When the format is complete, the setup files are copied to the hard drive.
    The following message appears: Please wait while setup copies files to the Windows installation folders. This might take several minutes.
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most hard drives have that erie only 2 partitians at a time this is with your computer how it can handle since you made three particians there is a chance that it only allows partitions of only 2

say for instance you have a celeron your comp would only allow what you memmory can give you this would knock out the 2 partician when created the 3rd partician
not enough memmory to fill all 3 partitians

safe end to this particians in long run can hurt your comp more than help it i suggest buying another hdd to make your back ups or get a portable pull out system hdd this ensures your files are as easy to get as putting in a new hard drive
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Your hard drive is probably formatted with the NTFS file system which is read only on MAC. The following article should guide you through making your drive writable on the MAC system. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/how-to-read-and-write-ntfs-windows-partition-on-mac-os-x.html Regards, Armando

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