Sounds like the error it gets when you put all of your files on the drive without using folders. Move some of the files off the drive. Create a new folder on the drive. Then copy the rest of your files into the new folder.
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Im going to take a guess here (so dont count on it being fact). I also have a WD external hard-drive. All the WD drives have their own software on them that let them operate properly, if this isnt working i dont think the drive will be recongisized. Can you not browse the drive at all by going to my computer then selecting it?
Try plugging the hard-drive into another computer/laptop and see if it is recongised by that. If it is, it will be a problem with your PC, if its not it will be a problem with the hard-drive itself. You can contact Western digital support either by forums,email,phone too see if you can get a clear answer
sorry i couldnt be of more help, i know its a pain in the *** when you have important files.
If you KNOW what file types these are (eg: .doc or .jpg) try making a copy of one, rename it to the appropriate file and see if that works
(example, you have a word file that is say.. me.doc. make a copy, call it me2.doc, delete the file extension (.doc) then rename it with the file extension again before saving it.. Sometimes this works.
If that does not work, try copying to a different usb disc or device, if it does work, you should reformat and check the san disc for potential future failing
If it was a "striped" RAID setup, then "half" of each file on the disk-drive has been lost,
including half of each entry in the Table-Of-Contents, when you try to "browse" either disk-drive.
Both disks will be "nonsensical".
If it was a "mirrored" RAID setup, then one disk is probably 100% "good", and one disk is probably 100% "bad", i.e., you now have just ONE copy of each file, rather than having TWO identical copies. Buy a new 500GB (or larger) disk-drive, and use the RAID-software to "rebuild" the "mirroring" (by copying everything from the "good" disk to the "empty" disk) setup.
My Jetflash also writeprotected, there's no any solution for this in internet but I could solve this problem,
what you can do is, make your write protected drive "shared", that means go to my computer---> then rigtclick on flash drive---> click sharing & security---> check both "share this folder on network" & "allow users to change my files" ,apply setting then you'll be able to format your drive.
I could do it,
let others to know about this solution. Because I also suffered from this problem.