Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
I've had my My Book for about six months, and it's run well. I've used it mainly for storing all of my music files (I have over 12,000), although I've kept my photos on there as well.
Recently, I've run into some issues. When I attempted to sync my iPod, it said a couple files weren't available. Using some online help, I managed to pinpoint which files were problematic. There were about twenty or so, and they don't appear to have anything in common (they weren't all in the same folder, or saved at roughly the same time). I simply deleted those items out of iTunes (but not off of MyBook), and iTunes worked fine again. I don't really mind not having access to those particular songs, although obviously I'd like to have them again.
Now, it seems as time goes on, the number of files is increasing. Not dramatically, but I obviously don't want to keep losing files. I have plenty of room on my hard drive for all the files, so I'm currently copying them from My Book onto my hard drive. I've already hit 27 files that won't copy, and I've still got a ways to go.
So question time. Once the transfer is complete, what should be the next step? Should I "reformat" the Book and try again? Most of the "lost files" I do have on CD, so I can always re-rip them, and I don't mind replacing the few I have left, so that's not much of an issue.
Thanks for any help you might give here.
Not familiar with apple products but if this was windows I would check for virus or similar that's converting some files
Have you tried putting all files on a thumb drive and cleaning and delete the folder they were in and create a new folder
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Your drive is probably in FAT32 format. FAT32 has a 4GB file limit that is why your 5GB movie isn't saving. You will have to format the drive in Mac OS file format (HFS) using Disk Utility.
Unfortunately once its in Mac format the drive will not be recognized by windows PCs. What I do is have a program called macdrive installed on my windows computers so that they can access mac format hard drives.
i hope this helps!
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
Some times with external USB drives you have to remove both the power and the USB cable from the drive, wait like 30 sec. then connect it back up. I know it sounds trivial but see if that helps thing. There was some forum chatter I heard a little big ago about the 1tb WD my books concerning the power supply and this type of behavior. You might want to check with WD to see if they have a recall on your power supply.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
Hi when you buy a hard disk you do not get instructions on how to change from FATS to NTFS. Your hard drive is set to FATS by default,which limits you tranferring files up to 4GB.If you changing to NTFS does 2 things. 1.you can transfer bigger files.
2. You will lose all data on the drive so you have to save any files to another drive ect
To change to NTFS, go to Start then Right-click on My Computer and select Manage. Under Storage click on Disk Management. Now find your hard drive in the list and Right-click on it and select Format. Under File System change the Answer to NTFS and leave the Allocation Unit to default.Click on Perform Quick Format if you want. click OK and confirm your OK with losing all data on the drive,and your done.
Posted on Apr 18, 2010
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