Question about Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB External USB 2.0 - WDH1U5000N 500 GB Hard Drive

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My book will not appear on my desktop although the blue light is blinking and it is on and connected.

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  • Michiganian Feb 02, 2009

    I dropped my 500GB WD external and now it's not being recognized. Is there anything I can try?

  • deathhead Mar 31, 2009

    Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB External USB 2.01st off I run XP pro SP2. I have two a 360GB and a 500GB mine shows up in My Computer as local disks, not my book. If I click on them they show up blank. These are all my software backups and are hardly empty. If click properties and populate volumes it says partition style MBR (master boot record) and no I did not install windows with them hooked up.


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What OS are you running? If it is a Mac, does the Disk Utility see it? If it is detected but it doesn't mount it needs to be initialised partitioned and formatted. You may need to partition it in smaller chunks if the computer or OS is older as they were not made with 500 GB and 1 TB drives in mind.
If it is Windows, try running the utility that came with it and see if it is recognised, or try the Disk Management tool in the Administrative Tools section of the control panel. If it is not seen by those utilities at all, it is possible you have either a bad cable, the drive is bad or the driver is not loaded for whatever reason.

Check those things and see if you get anywhere. Feel free to contact me again if you need any more help.


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