Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

Unable to drag large files over from my computer onto MY BOOK

I am having problems dragging large files ,mainly video files over onto my external hard drive.i have been told to convert it to ntfs but again i am having difficulty in understanding exactly how to do it.can anyone please help and more importantly why are these drives set to fat32 as it surely is a hinderance to people rather than it being helpful or is that fat32 is a safer option for ensuring the safety of ones backed up data?

Posted by on

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    I am trying to download my video files from my computer to my hard drive from my imac.

×

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Contributor
  • 54 Answers

Fat32 is the predecessor of NTFS. There is no real difference apart from the transfer limitation, which you're experiencing.

Before proceeding, make sure you have backed up everything, you may have put on the drive.

Now, simply right click on the my book external drive in my computer and select format. You should get a popup window...The only thing that really needs to be changed within that window is the filing system (NTFS) and have the option "quick format" selected. Now select 'start' and within a minute or two your drive would have been formatted to NFTS.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I cannot put files on my external hard drive


just plug your hard drive in another noze of usb...
if u have loose connection in usb then it will happen. try to copy small size of data

Sep 01, 2012 | Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB...

1 Answer

Retrieve information from external harddrive


You did not say if the external drive has died or malfunctioned. If you cannot plug the drive in and access it (My Computer on Windows, select the external drive), (On a Mac working drives automatically mount on the desktop, which Windows isn't smart enough to do.) Macs have a disk utility in the utilities folder (makes sense huh?) on Windows IF the drive shows up in My Computer you cam right click on it's icon and select Properties, then select tools and do a disk check. Once the drive is usable again just find the files you need and drag them to the main drive somewhere, or simply access them on the external drive without dragged the files over to the other drive.

Jan 16, 2012 | Acomdata PHOTON 2.5 (PHD080U2E54) Hard...

2 Answers

I dropped and dragged some sizable folders from a desktop onto the Maxtor external drive. When I plug the drive into a different computer, I only see the files that I put on the drive a year ago on the...


Several things could be happening.
1. the hard drive direct drive motor is giving out.
2. the hard drive is full.
3. the hard drive needs to be optimized ( that is defragmented) using the Windows defragment utility. If the drive is large it will take some time to complete.

Jul 22, 2011 | Maxtor Hard Drive

1 Answer

I dropped and dragged some sizable folders from a desktop onto the Maxtor external drive. When I plug the drive into a different computer, I only see the files that I put on the drive a year ago on the...


in what format are the files made you might need the specific program that these files were made on the computer to this differnt computer
hope this helps

Jul 22, 2011 | Maxtor Hard Drive

1 Answer

How do I get my files off of the external hard drive back onto my computer files


You could explore the drive by clicking on it in My Computer, and try copying your files, or drag and drop them into your desktop etc.

Nov 18, 2010 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 500GB External USB 2.0...

1 Answer

How do i keep my folders and run them off my external hard drive. with out putting them on my computer


If you mean accessing files vs. programs, do the following: plug in your hard drive, wait until the pc recognizes and installs it, open up "My computer" shrink the window by clicking on the middle icon at top right of the window. Move the window (click and hold the mouse on top colored bar to drag it) to one side so you can see the folder(s) /file(s) you wish to copy and the window showing your external drive. Now you can simply drag the folders over from the pc desktop to your external hard drive.
If you are referring to running programs from your external drive, you need to insert your program(s) install disk to your pc and when going through the install menu(s) you should see a question asking where you wish to install the program and it will have a default location which you can easily change by typing the location of your external drive or selecting it from "browse" button within install program. Be aware that some files will still be installed to your pc (system registry files) required to interface with the operating system so you can launch the program(s) from your external drive but most likely not independent of the pc containing the main operating system. A bit wordy I know, but hope this helps!

Sep 15, 2009 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

1 Answer

I need to extract an archive named MBE2_image using WinRar in order to download Western Digital software for My Book Essential Edition 2.0 external hard drive. Is the first step to drag and drop the MBE2...


Right click on MBE2_image and click on extract all
then it will ask to save and that time u will give the path of external drive. This way u can store the actual contents to ur hard drive

Jul 26, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

2 Answers

How do I download from my computer to Iomega Hard Drive


Hi I am Vortash if the hard drive you are downloading to is in a usb carrier , then all you have to do is drag the files you want to an open window for the hard drive you are down loading to .. example ..

Connect external Hard Drive to USB .
wait for computer to recognise drive .
when the window comes up on how to open drive select the files option and the drives window will open .
select My computer .
select C:\ from my computer
Click click on the files youwant and drag to the open external drive window .
This will then copy all files you have moved to your external drive ..
To copy the whole of your drive just drag C:\ to the external window and all files will be downloaded ... hope this helps regards Vortash

Jul 13, 2009 | Iomega 1TB Desktop USB 2.0 Hard Drive

1 Answer

Need to down load music onto my book external hard drive


You can create folder and drop and drag, or copy and paste,
the music will still play via what ever you are using for media player.

Apr 28, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

1 Answer

Copying music cd to external hard drive for ipod


ok...you are connect via usb? when using limewire, window media or itunes,,,,go to options on all them and change the directory where you like to store and retrieve files from...now for the files that you already have on the primary hard drive....go to my computer..you see both drives internal (is your c) and the external is ?) find the music on the c drive ..open it..cut & paste (or click & drag) to the new drive ....to copy this music onto your ipod...make sure you have the latest itunes version (WWW.APPLE.COM) once you have this on the desktop let it scan for all the music on pc....now plug ipod to pc...20-30 seconds your ipod will show up on itunes...look on the bottom of itunes left side (u see the ur ipod)...look up and click on the music folder on pc drive and all the music should now be showing too...click on that same folder drag down to the ipods music folder.......let it load up...it might take awile depending on how much you got .....not never ever pull ipod out always eject the ipod .......then unplug it............................

Apr 10, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive Logo

275 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Western Digital Computers & Internet Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Level 3 Expert

728 Answers

joecoolvette
joecoolvette

Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Are you a Western Digital Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...