Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

I wnt to know how to wipe my hard drive clean

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 3 Answers

It depends on your goals. If you just want to clear space for new material, drag everything to the trash and empty it.

You can also format the drive.

If you have a security concern, the above doesn't truly erase everything so you want to overwrite the hard drive.

If this is a one of a kind problem, I'd just create a huge word file, say a bunch of 'x's in a file, and I'd double it and re-double it until you've got a file a few gigs in size, then I'd dupe the file and get my drive pretty full of them. This can actually take some time, so another thing you can do is invest in some disk wiping software, which does the sort of thing I just mentioned, only repetitively and without taking up your time.

I've heard it said that one must multiply re-write the same areas again and again to truly wipe out the data, but I think once is enough for any normal purpose. But professional software is quick and relatively inexpensive and written by folks who've studied the matter iin detail.

If you've got really vital stuff and you don't intend to use the hard drive again, a sledgehammer will do the trick.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My step daughter was downloading from the Porsche hard drive to an X box, unknowing to her she wiped it clean it did not know unit i wanted to veiw a film, my TV did not recognise it, my laptop recognises...

You will need to use software to try to recover the data or send it to data recovery company.

One of the most popular software tolls would be EasyRecovery but there are more

Aug 20, 2013 | LaCie F.A. Porsche (301177) Hard Drive

1 Answer

Trying to format my hard drive and out of no where it is saying Can not format media is write-protected?

Use a program called Active Kill disk it is a free download this will wipe the hard drive clean every partition will be wiped clean just like from the factory it will then be like installing a new hard drive. Remember to rate my solution.

Apr 28, 2012 | Toshiba MK3265GSX 320 GB SATA Hard Drive

1 Answer

The drive says only 50 gb are available even though I deleted all the backups. How do I wipe it clean and start over?


If you can still see that 50Gb are available you can format the drive so that all files will be wiped out. Before you do that make sure you back the files. Just right click on the drive then click on format.

Thanks for using Fixya.

Feb 02, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB...

1 Answer

How do I delete files from flash drive--wipe clean

Cleaning a Flash Drive

Put the flash drive into your computer's USB port (assuming you have the proper driver loaded onto the computer). Go to "My Computer" and highlight the drive that shows up, right-click and select "Format." That'll wipe it completely clean.

Or, if you just want to remove the files, do the same thing but instead of formatting, just highlight the files and right-click to delete the file, pix, or whatever.

Jan 02, 2011 | Verbatim 160GB USB FireLite: The "drive...

1 Answer

I want to erase everything on my external hard drive. How do I do this?

If you aren't sure what you're doing, bring it to a service tech or you may render that external hard drive completely useless:
Before you start cleaning make sure you back everything up onto another disk. If you are giving your computer away check with the person or organization to see if they plan on cleaning your hard drive for you. However, the best thing to do is to clean it yourself.
Download a hard drive cleaning program or go to a computer store that sells computer software and buy the program. This is the safest way to make sure the hard drive is all wiped clean. Running the software program over writes all the data on your drive, making the hard drive impossible for anyone to read. The software works by over writing the drive many times.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time in wiping your hard drive clean because if you have a lot of stuff it will take longer to clean.
Once your running your program and the box comes up to erase your hard drive don't forget that this process is irreversible. You will now type in the word format drive letter and hit confirm that you want to erase everything on your computer.
Installing a new external hard drive if you are not getting rid of your computer, is another option you have. You still go about erasing the old drive because you're getting rid of your hard drive. Install the new one.

Jan 01, 2011 | Toshiba HDDR320E04XW 320 GB USB Hard Drive

1 Answer

Re magic 8 gigabank: How do format the disc - wipe

You should be able to format the drive by right clicking on the drive and selecting format from the context menu. Normally it will select the same format type when you do this. I would get the properties first (right click | Properties) and then when you choose format make sure it is selecting the same type.

There are other options, but this is the easiest. Let me know what happens.

Mar 13, 2010 | IO Magic Corporation GigaBank 8.0...

1 Answer

No internet connection

wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall windows.

only thing you can do is reinstall operating system.

If you do not know how to do this, take computer to someone who does.
If this is something you do not know how to do, it is too difficult to explain to you how to do in this forum without knowing all your hardware specifics.

Feb 24, 2010 | Toshiba MK8025GAS 80 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

When i install windows xp i done it 2 times

What exactly do you mean? Well, you can always format the drive. This will delete everything on it, and then you can install Windows and start from scratch. But if you want to keep intact all your data and files, then you have the option of defragmenting the drive.
How to defragment: Go to "Start -> All Programs ->Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter". You can select the drive you want to defragment and press on "Defragment" button. Defragmenting helps you free up space

Dec 26, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive Logo

Related Topics:

57 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Western Digital Hard Drives Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Level 3 Expert

728 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Are you a Western Digital Hard Drive Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides