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Western Digital Elements 500gb External Drive. When i switch on the computer with the external drive attched, the screen comes up eith an error message and ask to uninstall the hardware. It works only if the computer is running and then inserting the usb cable. Any solutions

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Go into your computers BIOS screen. (on most computers, press F2 or the Delete key to get into the BIOS) and remove USB from your Startup list. Different Bioses preform this different ways so I can't tell you how to make sure this happens but trust me, it's in there.

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WD Elements external hard drive not recognized/can't be found


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Jul 27, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Tips on how to buy a external or internal hard disk drive


There are so many models , makes , sizes , speeds and interfaces available these days that the decision to buy a hard drive for the average user has become a hit or miss affair. To prevent buying something totally wrong for your needs , you need to do some research on what your are handing your cash over for.

Here are the things you need to be looking at.
  1. Size of external
  2. Storage Space
  3. Cost
  4. Manufacturer
  5. Interface used
  6. Hard drive speed & Buffer Size

#1 Size of the external casing

There are basically two types of external hard drives you can choose from namely 2.5inch and 3.5inch. The 2.5 hard drive inside the casing normally goes in a laptop and the 3.5 normally goes into a desktop PC.

You should ask yourself what is your priority...Mobility or Space/Cost

If mobility and comfort of use is your main priority , you should get a 2.5inch external as they don't normally require an external power source like with a 3.5inch drive.

If hard drive space and cost is your priority , then go for the 3.5inch external. The cost per GB is about half that of a comparable 2.5inch drive but you need a external power adapter to use the drive. In general , the 3.5inch drives are faster then 2.5inch drives.

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Fig 1 - 3.5inch compared to 2.5inch hard drive

#2 Storage Space

Size is one of the main concerns when buying a new hard drive. Think about a size you would think you need in the next 6 months and double it. This will ensure that you don't (like me) buy a drive which you think you will never fill up , and fill it within a few months and have to buy another one.

Also consider what you need from your external drive. If you are going to be using your drive mostly for music backup you would need less space than for instance movies.


#3 Cost of the drive

Another thing to look at is value for money. Don't buy a 320Gb drive for $100 if you can get a 500Gb for $110. You will eventually need the extra space so look at what the next size up will cost you extra and make a decision.

For instance...A 500Gb internal hard drive would cost me $75 at the moment , but the 750Gb drive is about $85. I'd rather go for the 750Gb drive.

#4 Manufacturer

It is important to bring into consideration the manufacturer of the drive. Don't buy a drive with a unknown brand name as this will probably come back to haunt you somewhere in the future. I prefer to use Seagate and Western Digital drives as I have never had a problem with them and they carry a good warranty. There are other good drives , but I'd rather stick to what works for me. Ask around to determine what brand you should get and do google searches if you are still unsure of a particular brand.

#4 Interface available

The interface which you use to connect the drive to your computer is very important as this will govern the maximum speed which you could expect to be copying from and to the drive.

For internal drives , there are basically 3 options

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IDE - 40MB/s and connection interface is on it's way out.

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SATA - 143 MB/s

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SATA 2 - 375 MB/s

The speeds vary considerably in real world scenarios and should only be a guide.


For external drives , there are also 3 options

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USB - 25MB/s

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Firewire - 40 MB/s

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eSATA - 70 MB/s

This is real world data (not theoretical) and also should only be used as a guide as there are many factors that determine the max transfer speed.



#5 Hard drive speed & Buffer

The speed at which the drive rotates in the enclosure has a big impact on the speed which you can expect from the drive. The faster the drive rotates , the faster is will transfer data and the more expensive the drive will be. A good speed would be 7200RPM or more.

The buffer is basically the amount of ram which is physically on the hard drive's board and the more of it you have , the faster and smoother your drive will transfer data.

Here are some of the most popular hard drive manufacturer's websites so you can explore what products they offer.

Western Digital
Seagate
Maxtor (now incorporated into Seagate)
Samsung
Hitachi
Fujitsu-Siemens

That's about everything you need to know before purchasing a hard drive. Follow these steps and you should be able to make a informed decision as to what you should and should not buy.

When you have bought and want to format your drive to Fat32 , see THIS TIP

When you have bought and want to partition your drive, see THIS TIP

Please remember to rate this tip if you found it useful.

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Kind Regards
Stephan




on Feb 24, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I have a western digital elements external hard drive and my power cable has broken and i cant seem to find replacement parts anywhere


The power cable you are talking about--is the cable itself broken? Do you mean the wires are cut?
It requires an AC adapter. If you take it to an electronics store, there is a good chance they can come up with an adapter that will work. There are a bunch of universal adapters out there. All you have to do is make sure the voltage/amperage is the same and the plug fitsl
I suppose you could ask Western Digital for a replacement, but that might be expensive.

Jan 21, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Hello i tried to insert files to my western digital elements 500 gig hard drive and after a few minutes an error message say cannot copy the file and the cause is either cyclic redundency error or I/O...


Hi,

This is highly probable that the external Hard disk has failed. Not your fault , but due to manufacturing fault.

Pls return to where you have bought it, and request for warranty exchange.

Thank you for coming to FixYa and rating us.

Jan 06, 2009 | PC Desktops

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My Western Digital My Home external drive is not showing in Finder. I've recently had a power outage and since then it stopped showing in Finder. I've plugged the chords in and out again and pushed the...


It's possible something was damaged on the interface board inside the case, or on the drive itself. If you listen to the drive and it sounds like it's spinning up normally when you turn on the power, it's probably the board. I haven't had it happen yet on my WD external drives (I have two), but I have seen 3 Maxtor brand external drives with that problem. The drive itself was fine when put into another external case.

Dec 03, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I have a 320 Western Digital external drive. It works fine if I plug it directly into the computer usb drive. HOwever, I want to use it thru a hub cause it is difficult to get to the back of my computer. ...


Does your External drive have a seperate power supply? Or does it get its power through the USB port.

If it gets its power from the USB port then by adding a hub you are essentially dividing the amount of power supplied by the number of ports extended.

One possible solution that could solve that situation would be to get what is called a powered hub. Which is exactly as the name suggests. The Hub has an external power supply so that it can provide even power to all of the ports.

I hope this helps
If not please post an update and I can try to find a better solution
If you need more help please post what Model of WD ext drive you have (ie....My book, Elements, Passport etc...)

Thanks,
Dave

Nov 10, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I have a external hard drive from WD Elements model number wd5000. The problem with the hard drive is that when I connect it to my desktop computer the computer recognizes that a usb has been plugged but...


Well you hard drive is on its way out the door it sound like it has a case of the "tick tick tick" and well not fixable but if you have info on your hd that you want there is a temp solution but I will not provide it due to its nature and last resort untill we know that it is 100% the issue at hand.

do you have a Air conditioner or any heavy appliances on the same circut as the computer ?

if so then its probably due to a surge in the power causeing the hard drive to fail. which is also very common with computers.

if you have a hard drive that you can use in replacement it would be great if you are able to open the external drive up and replace it.

also check the Western Digital website to see if your hard drive is still under warrenty and if it is great it wont take long for them to get you a replacement once your old one has been sent. I have had this happen many many times of the years and alot of the hard drive company's that I have delt with have been great about the RMA that I do with them.

Oct 06, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I will recommend you to use Western Digital I my self alos using a western Digital and its very reliable to use , So I will go for buying that one and it will be a big help for you...

Hope that helps.......

Aug 18, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Installed western digital external hard drive, when i boot up my screen is blank no desktop


Is the drive USB or Firewire? If so, disconnect the drive from the USB/Firewire port, reboot the pc and then connect the drive. Windows should then find and install the drive.

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