Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
My computer does not recognize the WD anymore. I need to find it and delete the old backup so I can put an undated backup on it from my desk top computer.
I couldn't stop it from backing up, so used "force quit" from the activity monitor. It was still running a background service (WDMemeoAgent?). I stopped that from an icon left in my tool bar. I don't think I use it since it estimated 30-40 for the first backup of my home folder and it wouldn't allow me to pause or quit.
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
1. Right click on My Computer > Manage;
2. On the new window click on Disk Management, on the right side, right click in the USB Volume and chose "Change Drive Letter and Path..."
3. In the new window click on "Add..." to assign a letter to your USb drive.
Posted on Jun 24, 2009
If the drive was running when it fell, and it doesn't have a head locking mechanism (or was in mid-read, or mid-write and the head wasn't locked down) then your disk may have experienced a head crash. The read/write heads float over the surface of the disk. If they slam into the disk, they will make a divot, boucne, make another divot, and continue bouncing until the kenetic energy is dissipated. In the places where magnetic material is removed, you won't get any data back. You may be able to recover data elsewhere, using a recovery company, but it won't be cheap. If your data is critical, you have a good chance of recovery using a service such as Seagate Recovery
http://seagatedatarecovery.com/ They recover data from all brands and I have used them They're very good, but very expensive ($800 range)
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
OK, 2 things to check. First and foremost, when you plug it into the PC does it make that nifty noise to let you know it sees a new piece of hardware?
Second, if it does, you probably need to initialize the disk. Hit the windows button, right click on computer, and select manage. Under the storage category highlight Disk management. If you see the drive there, you can right click and select initialize, or format. From there the system should see the drive.
Posted on Feb 06, 2010
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