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Can't find set up on my computer

Western digital my book essential 320gb i can't open it on my desktop light is steady and computer can't find set up

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  • Mike Mohan Nov 09, 2008

    My WD 500GB External Hard Disk detected and listed on the disk management as well. But not showing up teh drive letter on the my computer. I tried to assign the drive letter as well but no choice. Pls will someone can help.

  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2008

    I have the same problem. The drive qworks fine on my laptop but when I plug it into my PC, the drive letter shows up but the when I click on H: drive it tells me nothing is plugged in. all of my important documents and songs are on this drive. I am running a Compaq computer with Windows XP and sp3 installed. Can anyone help?

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Does your drive make any unusual sounds like any of these: http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php ?
If yes then you got a problem - it's something mechanical with the heads.
If it sounds normal or doesn't spin up at all - try to connect it to another computer and if still no go - remove the internal drive from enclosure and connect directly to PC via SATA port.

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I dropped my wd external hard drive on a carpet floor it still lights up but makes a funny noise for some seconds then stops it connects after while but still i cant view my files


If it still has a valid warranty, exercise the warranty to get a free replacement.

Otherwise, open the enclosure, and separate the disk-drive from the USB-to-disk-drive adapter, and connect the disk-drive as a 'slave' disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if the adapter was the problem.

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I have a Western Digital MyBook Essential 320GB and it is not responding. The green light is on, but the disk isn't even spinning. I've had this thing for at least 4 years. Is it toast? The harddisk will...


The disk-drive has malfunctioned.

Search online for a professional "data recovery service".
For a significant fee, they can repair your disk-drive,
just long-enough to copy your files to a new disk-drive.

If it still has a valid WARRANTY, exercise the warranty to get it repaired/replaced.

If the warranty has expired, then open the case, remove the disk-drive, buy a new "compatible" disk-drive, connect it, and thus "revive" your external storage device.

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I have a Western Digital MyBook Essential 320GB and it is not responding. The green light is on, but the disk isn't even spinning. I've had this thing for at least 4 years. Is it toast? The harddisk will...


If the hard disk is not spinning then the hard disk is faulty.
The adapter case may be OK especially when you plug it into a working computer's USB port and it detects the adapter but not the hard drive.

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The blinking of the lights is just the indication that data is being accessed.

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Western digital my book essential edition 320gb no installer


try this go to comp, right click go to properties,got to devives in the top left hand corner open this go down the the bottom click on usb controllers then scan for new hardware.

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My computer stopped recognizing My Book 320Gb. The blue light is out. When I connect it to a different USB port, the blue light blinks three times and repeats that pattern two more times. Then the light...


Do you hear the motor on the drive?It could be a firmware issue.your best bet is to call western digital if you are still under warranty,there website should have software which will enable you to test the drive or download any available firmware.
good luck

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My Book Essential Edition 2.0 Model WD3200H1U-00 Drivers missing


I would recommend Uninstalling and then RE-Installing the Drivers/Software. Have you looked here:
Home Edition:
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=111&sid=59&lang=en

Select your model here if different than above link:
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?wdc_lang=en
Is Western Digital site for latest Driver and Software.
Let me know if this helps

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HOW TO CHANGE 320GB SATA HDD TO 500GB SATA


Yes. The case doesn't care what size the drive is. The computer is just asking for the USB driver for the case. Check the WD site for the driver for the model of MyBook that you have. That should cover it.

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i have the same problem! how long is it supposed to charge for?

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Western digital my book 320gb not recognised


Try first disconnecting all USB ports and power plug for half an hour, this will get rid of eventual problems caused by electrostatic charges on usb channels.
If it does not work, this means that the virus has corrupted your Windows System, probably the root hub is defective.
In this case you will have to reinstall windows, either using recovery, from disk or partition, or using a Microsoft windows setup disk. Save all your data before reinstalling.

Regards

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