Question about Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB External USB 20 Portable Black 1 TB Hard Drive
The best method is Right Click on My Computer then Click Manage. Then click Disk Management under the storage category. then right click on the drive and select quick format. are you trying to change the formatted type?
Posted on Nov 07, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have battled this for a few days. Your mentioning USB leads me to a possible solution.
I had a 500GB drive and put it in the USB enclosure and could only see 128GB one time, 138GB another. I found that external drive enclosures have their own IDE controller chips with older ones limiting the size of the drive they are able to "see".
The best test is to internally mount the drive (perverts will read this differently than intended and risk injury due to shock!) to make sure it can be seen. If so then the next best step is to spring for a new drive enclosure, one that supports the higher capacity drive. It worked for me! My old external enclosure's IDE controller could not handle the higher capacity drive and the new one was perfectly happy with it. Good luck! - Andy C
Posted on Apr 09, 2009
Download a free disk partition manager from somewhere and use that to format it. Western Digital used to have some disk utilities on their website which would do it so it's worth looking there.
Posted on Aug 21, 2009
SOURCE: external hard drive not detected
Check your jumpers on the hard drive. DON'T leave it connected very long if the jumpers are not set for master / slave (furthest away/ closest to the IDE port on the computer or it can mess up the circuit boards on one or both drives! If you are using only one hard drive, set the jumper(s) for "cable select" (often abbreviated CS). If it still doesn't detect the drive, the drive may not have an "active" partition on it. You can solve that by booting to your OS installation CD -- assuming you have one!
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
all solutions are not helpful, if u just use safe mode then there is no problem with hard disk, its a problem of some services, u just try with safe mode.30-40% people has same problem.
Posted on Feb 05, 2010
There are tools that will undelete & unformat you drive.
look here for free one.
and here for a selection.http://www.freebyte.com/filediskutils/
finally this one is great but costs. http://www.easeus.com/
Posted on Feb 07, 2010
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