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Hi, I have a Western Digital Dual Option Combo External Hard Drive (WD1600B011). It has been working great for the past two years, but all of a sudden it won't turn on anymore. The adapter which plugs into the wall shows electricity is flowing (the green light is on), but when I try to turn the actual unit on, it will not work. When I plug it into my computer, it does not recognize the hard drive anymore. Looking at other posts, it seems like the casing might be bad, so I might have to take it out of the casing and connect it direct, but before doing that I just wanted to check and see what people thought. Thanks for your help.
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you will need usb data drive at least 4 - 8 gb
Download the GParted Live utility and the HP USB Format Tool via the links in Resources.
Insert your USB stick into the computer. Run HP USB Format Tool. Select your USB stick and then choose the FAT or FAT32 format options. Click "Start."
Extract the files from the GParted Live zip file. Select the USB stick as the destination.
Open a file browser and navigate to the USB stick. Select "utils" > "win32" > "makeboot.bat." Double click on "makeboot.bat." Enter "Y" when prompted.
Power off your computer leaving the USB stick inserted.
Connect your portable hard drive to another USB port.
Power on the computer and quickly press "F8" through "F12" to access your boot menu.
Check your computer or motherboard manual for the exact keystroke.
Select the USB stick as your boot source and press "Enter." Allow the Gparted GUI to start.
Select the external portable hard disk drive. Click "Partition" on the menu bar.
Hover over "Format to" and select "NTSF."
If you are unable to create or format the partition, select delete partition.
This will erase all data on the external hard drive. Confirm partition deletion. Select the external drive again. Click "Partition" and hover over "Format to" then select "NTSF."
Select the external hard disk drive again. Click "Partition" on the menu bar and then "Manage Flags." Check the box next to "Boot." Save and apply changes to the drive.
Power off your computer and remove the USB stick.
Install the OS
Insert or plug your OS installer, usually a DVD, CD or USB thumb drive, into the computer. Power on the computer and access the boot manager again.
Select the source containing your OS installer and press "Enter."
Enter your personalization and registration information if required.
When prompted, specify the portable hard drive as the install directory.
Begin the installation normally.
Restart the computer when prompted and access the boot menu again. Select the external hard drive as your boot source and press "Enter" to ensure the installation succeeded.
Use this process to boot from your portable drive on any computer.
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