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Mybook essential edition

I have the mybook essential edition and it doesent read on my la top

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Hi, As I have responded to a similar post, this is a common problem with external storage. Based on your post/description: 1. Your laptop does not recognize the external hard drive via its USB connection - try on a different computer - if it is still a no go, then it's not a PC problem; 2. Try replacing the cable - again if a no go, so it's not an interface/cable problem; 3. That leaves you only with the WD500GB itself as the possible at fault. An external hardrive would consist of 2 main parts, the electronic board and the hard disk itself. The board seldom (if ever) fails. Its function is to provide conversion/interface from the SATA/IDE connectors of the HD to the out USB/Firewire. The HD more often than not fails. Most external storage uses a standard HD inside the enclosure. Your possible options: a. Claim warranty/replacement; b. Replace the HD only; c. Physically remove the HD and connect it directly inside a desktop either as IDE or SATA and run manufacturer's diagnostic and/or third party recovery software; d. Seek services of professional data recovery firms (if data/files are mission critical); Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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My 2TB external hardrive is set to read only and I want it to be read and write permissions?

Click Start
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I just bought 2TB my book essential, I thought it would provide an extra drive for my Dell PC, but it just seems to be for storage, can it be used like an additional drive. For example keep a file on it...

The "best" usage for an external disk-drive is to make one more "copy" of all your important files & E-mail & music.

So, if your computer "dies", you still have one copy of your files on the MyBook.
Fix or replace your computer, and copy the files from the MyBook onto the repaired/new computer.

Or, if your MyBook "dies", you still have one copy of your files on your 'C:' drive,
and you can fix/replace your MyBook, and copy your files onto the "revived" MyBook.

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Connect the MYBOOK to your old computer (or some other computer), to see if it can be accessed at all.

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The essential edition is a single drive unit. if you have another computer you could pull the drive out of the enclosure and connect it directly to the computer to retrieve your data. I use an external usb 2.0 to IDE/Sata adapter that connects to the drive and the PC. These can be found online for $10.00-$15.00. This adapter has saved me many times in the past. The other option is to connect the MyBook to another computer (Mac or PC) and see if that computer will read the drive correctly or not.

Post back with your findings,


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West Dig 500 G essential ed mybook unrecognized as drive by comp


If the drive is still go and they can get data off of it then it would mean the power supply is what is bad. All that you need to do is get an external drive case and put your drive in it. The case we use here in our shop is made by Eagle electronics and can be purchased from Newegg. You can get information and a review of the case here:

The case only runs $25.00 and you won't have to pay for any data transfer or any tech services from Fry's

I hope this helps.

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My Book Essential Edition 750gig dosnt work, what can i do? when i try to connect it it just tells me to formate it, but i have somthing on it i cant lose, and it happend when i formate my pc.

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