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My Western Digital external hard drive just shows boxes and other odd symbols. I think my daughter attempted to download pictures from her cell phone camera and now all the files that I have in this note book hard drive have been changed somehow. I think my data is still there - but my computer can no longer read or identify it.

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I believe you are going to have to find it thru yout MY Computer explorer screen (bunch of folders) Double click my computer icon
you will see drive letters.. then click on My book etc...see if you can find it ..Right click > Properties>Autoplay>prompt me each time to chose an option....

then it will ask you what you want it to do each time you plug it in..
let me know if this helps...

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Western digital wd1600 external hard drive


are you u using SATA to usb connector?? and when you plug in then system detecting the hard drive?? if yes then you should go to computer property click on manage the go to disc drive option you will see your connected hard drives. if your required HDD is showing the right click on western HDD and mount it all portion. hope it will work.

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How to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive


Part 1. Some common causes of data loss on Western Digital Hard Drive
Western Digital delivers high quality and high-performance hard drives in the industry. There is no doubt about the quality of these hard drives. But even the Western Digital hard drive users can lose their precious data stored on their hard drives. When something like data loss occurs with you, use the Western Digital hard drive recovery to recover your lost data. But you also need to learn the causes of the Western Digital data loss before performing the WD data recovery as it will help you prevent future data losses. There are various reasons that can lead to data loss on your Western Digital internal or external hard drives. For example,
  • Accidental deletion
  • Accidentally formatted Western Digital Hard Drive
  • Wrongly format or lost partition
  • Unrecognized and inaccessible drives
  • File system corruption
  • Eject or power off WD drive improperly
  • Virus attack
Part 2. How to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive
External hard drives are more susceptible to data losses than internal hard drives as they are connected and disconnected to various computers in their lifetime. Data losses are as common on Western Digital external hard drive as on other hard drives. But data is not deleted from a hard drive permanently but only the link to the data is deleted from the register, making it inaccessible. The file will remain on the drive until it is overwritten by new files and data recovery software makes use of this principle to recover data from Western Digital external hard drive.
You just need to use the correct Western Digital hard drive data recovery that can help you recover your data safely from your Western Digital portable hard drive. We have found that Recoverit is the best tool for data recovery on WD external hard drive.

Why Choose Recoverit Data Recovery?

Recoverit is a propriety data recovery tool from the global leader in the Application software development - Wondershare. If you ever face data loss on your Western Digital hard drive, then you can use the Recoverit data recovery tool to get back any data was lost caused of accidental deletion, formatted, WD hard Drive corrupted or inaccessible, virus attacked and power failure, etc. It is the fastest and the most effective data recovery tool currently available in the market.
Step by Step Guide to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive

First you need to simply download and install the Recoverit data recovery tool and then launch the Recoverit application on your computer after installation. You can choose Window version or Mac version of Recoverit according to your system. Here we take Windows version as example. After that, you can follow the steps below carefully to recover data from Western Digital external hard drive.
  • Step 1 Connect your WD external hard drive to the computer using suitable cables.
  • Step 2 At the interface of Western Digital data recovery application, select "External Devices Recovery" module to recover data from Western Digital external hard drive.
  • Step 3 On the "External Devices Recovery" screen, select the Western Digital hard disk and click the "Start" button. Recoverit Western Digital data recovery will start a quick scan on your Western Digital external hard drive for lost files.
  • Step 4 After the quick scan, you can preview the files that are found on the drive. If the files you want are not there, click "All-Around Recovery" to start a Deep Scan.
  • Step 5 Deep scan will find all recoverable files on your Western Digital external hard drive. Preview and select the files that you want to recover and then click on "Recover" button to restore them on your computer.

Part 3. WD external hard drive not recognized. How to Fix?

While using the WD external hard drive, users may go through issues like hard disk not recognized. A variety of reasons can result in a Western Digital external hard drive not recognized. Some of the common troubleshooting is discussed below.

1) Change the USB port or connect it with another new/available USB cable
There are common chances that your WD external drive fails to be detected to show up in your computer. In such case, you have to change the USB port or connect your hard drive by using a new USB cable. In general, the issues like WD external hard drive not recognized easily gets fixed by these measures.

2) Scan and clean up possible virus or malware
Virus attack is a serious issue when people connect their WD external hard drive to other computers. The hard drive gets easily affected when attacked by a virus, which hampers its functioning and makes you unable to access the data available on the hard drive. This makes it vital to remove the malware or virus available on your PC and WD hard drive. By scanning it with reliable anti-virus software you can easily remove the virus or malware.

3) Turn on USB Root Hub to make WD external hard drive recognizable
To troubleshoot the problem like WD external hard drive not recognized, you can turn on USB Root Hub to make it recognizable.
  • Select Start and type devmgmt.msc, then press Enter.
  • Open up the Device Manager and expand the USB controllers.
  • Now, right click on the USB Root Hub, select Properties and then head to Power Management.
  • Uncheck the box saying "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save the power".
  • Use this process repeatedly to turn on all the USB Root hubs displayed on the list. After that, restart your computer and the WD external hard drive should appear on your PC.

4) Check Disk Management
You can try checking the Disk management utility to see if the hard drive is showing up there or not. A drive may not be showing up because it hasn't been assigned a drive letter or assigned an already existing one. You can change the Drive letter of your Western Digital external hard drive to fix the issue.
To change the drive letter of the hard drive follow the below steps.
  • Press Windows + R to start the Run command.
  • Type Diskmgmt.msc and press enter to start the Disk management.
  • Now, find your WD external hard disk and right click on it and select Change Drive letter and path.
  • Then, assign a new drive letter to your WD external hard and click OK to save the changes.
  • After doing that, the following letter will be assigned to your Western Digital external hard drive and it will show up on the computer.
Part 4. Useful Tips to protect your WD hard disk

1) Do not add new data - Do not add any new files to the WD disk after data loss from Western Digital external hard drive. This can overwrite the files that can be recovered from the hard disk and you will permanently lose all the data. Hence, before you find out and recover all the lost data on your hard disk, stop adding new content on it. This will improve your chances of recovery.

2) Use Antivirus software - Regularly scan your WD hard drive with authorized antivirus software to help remove possible viruses from your WD external hard drive. By scanning and removing viruses from your computer regularly, your computer will be healthy and free from any file corruption that could lead to data loss.

3) Eject WD hard drive by using "safe remove" option - Never unplug or disconnect your WD hard drive abruptly as sudden removal may not give it enough time to save the status and lead to file system corruption. Always eject the WD external hard drive using the "Safe Remove" option to prevent data loss from sudden ejection.

4) Save the files to another hard disk or storage device after recovery - Always save the recovered files on another hard disk or storage device to ensure 100% recovery. This is because there is still a risk of data loss when you recover the files on the original location. Even if the drive itself has no problems, there is a chance of data loss when you recover files on the same location as it can overwrite the files that are to be recovered and you will permanently lose them.

No doubt Western Digital produces the best quality hard drives, but even they are as susceptible to data losses as other hard drives in the market. You may get really troubled when you lose your precious data due to virus attacks, accident deletion, hard drive corruption, lost partition and other reasons. In this case, you can use the Recoverit WD data recovery tool to recover data from an external hard drive, including Western Digital hard drive within just several clicks.
Best Way to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive

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Fix syntax error external hard drive


It's likely the drive is failing. For remote data recovery or do-it-yourself data recovery see http://freedatarecovery.us

Sep 04, 2012 | Western Digital Computers & Internet

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My Western Digital 320GB external hard drive not accessible


i noticed you ran the chkdsk utility on this drive did you try to repair bad sectors or just files

click start control panel administrative tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes


automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now start


you might tick one box then return after its finished the first repair then return and tick the second box you should not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage this drive


I found that you get best results by ticking one box then returning after it has finished then tick the other box if still no joy


try to use the external hard drive in a different computer and check whether you are able to access the data that is present on the external hard drive or you can try to connect it to a different port and check


hope this helps

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Unit downloaded fine ad the did the back up of the drive fine.started the updates and the firmware stopped and then the drive locked up how to access the drive again after reboot nothing shows G: F:


  1. To restore the Western Digital icon to the drive letter for the external drive in "My Computer".
  2. Please go to the Western Digital Download Library and download the WD Logo Icon which has a file name of External Icon.zip when you download it.
  3. Save the file to your desktop and use a file compression software like Winzip to extract the files inside the .zip file to your desktop. When it's unzipped, it will create a folder named "ExternalIcon" on your desktop.
  4. Double-click on the ExternalIcon folder. It will open a Windows Explorer showing a folder named, Autorun, and a file named, Autorun.inf.Double-click on My Computer and it will open.
  5. Double-click on the driver letter that represents the Western Digital drive you want the icon on and it will open.
  6. Highlight the Autorun folder and the Autorun.inf file. Right-click on them, and left-click on Cut when the Menu appears.
  7. Right-click in the open space of the drive that you opened in the new Explorer window, and then left-click on Paste.
  8. Close both Explorer windows, safely remove the external hard drive by using the Safely Remove icon in the system tray, shut down the computer, and unplug the external drive from the computer.
  9. After you reboot into Windows, reconnect the external drive to the computer again, and the Western Digital Icon should now be displayed with the drive letter in My Computer.

If these steps do not correct the problem, you will need to re-format your External Hard Drive ***WARNING*** FORMATTING A HARD DRIVE WILL ERASE, YOU WILL LOSE, ALL DATA

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I can see my western digital external hard drive


make sure the lead/s that attach to this drive have a secure seating and are not bad/faulty the light on only tells that its getting power it might not be getting enough power you might test the lead/s using a multimeter
or if you can see the drive
control panel administrive tools,computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart
hope this helps


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Problems access my My Book External Hard Drive


have you checked you usb connection? try unplugging it then plugging it back in see if computer recognises it then if not chances are your drive has failed

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MY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE DOES NOT SHOW UP


try using partition magic 8.0 if no den try in a system with vista or win 7 if no then download ubcd off internet probably isohunt.com if no replace hd

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Lost images


plug your SD memory card directly into the computer your photos should still be on them unless your daughter chose the option to delete the originals.  There is no hard drive in the camera. 

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