Question about Western Digital New - Caviar Blue Wd3200aakx 320 Gb 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 20 Pack - Dn1649
Acomdata (Model 509) with WD 1600 AAJB drives installed. System: Dell Optiplex 740 with Windows XP-Home, Acomdata driver installed. Objective: to format these brand new IDE/PATA drives 1. Drive configured as Master, Master with Slave and Slave: the only evidence of movement of disk (Pink light) was when installed as slave. As MASTER or Master w/slave No pink LED at any time. Reset as MASTER . USB Connection to PC. 2. An identical second Acomdata box with a second new WD 1600 AAJB drive behaved exactly the same. It was not recognized in the Dell 740. 3. Initially, the Device Manager USB list showed a yellow warning for a USB Mass Storage Device. Uninstall and reinstall hardware made no difference. A subsequent repeat of uninstall/reinstall caused the yellow warning to disappear. When the drive was reinstalled, a small screen popped up in the Notification area telling me that new hardware had been found. 4. My Computer ' Open - eventually showed H:\ ( as well as W X Y Z, the card readers). At that time, Device Mgr. USB Mass Storage had no yellow warning any more. Storage ' Disk Management did not show H: at that point. An internal inconsistency. ----- When I tried to FORMAT from the OPEN drop down menu, H:\ was shown to be inaccessible. 5. Tried the Acomdata drive system on an iMac and two functioning Sony Vaio PCs running Windows 7. None could see the external drive. 6. Tried one of the units which is a 509 Combo case with both USB and 1394 connectors. When connected to the 1394 board in the PC, the boot up hung up at the Windows screen. Restarted in SAFE MODE: booted OK, but the Acomdata drive was not visible in My Computer' Manage' Disk Management. Or just OPEN for a list of devices 7. Microsoft and other sites had all the same ineffective directions for taking care of the Code 10 ' Cannot start this device. (MS blamed it on a 1394 device in one place!!). 8. No one mentioned anything about how the HD should be set up, while Acomdata's instructions were to set it up as a Master, which I did. 9. After spending several hours on this with these two new (WD1600 AAJB) drives and two Acomdata cases no success. 10. Contacted WD support for help via E-mail. They responded that they do not support the drives unless directly connected to the mother board. [ i.e. they did not know or have any idea either]. 11. Searching the Internet, the problem shows up very frequently for many people, regardless or PC make or Windows OS. --- When I first acquired the Acomdata case, it worked OK. I actually installed Windows XP - pro on it with some files. That drive is not recognized either in that case any more. (Different PC ?!) .
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: win98se i did it ... HERE'S HOW
OK, I bought this Western Digital MyBook 500 GB Essential Edition too, and could not get it to work with Windows 98 SE.
I followed the above instructions, but my version of windows was missing even the drivers suggested above! UGH!
HOWEVER, I found ANOTHER SOLUTION. I installed USB 2.0 drivers for mass storage and the the MY BOOK icon popped up on my Windows 98 SE machine. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Here are the drivers from this british webpage:
Good luck to all you frustrated folks scooping your info off Windows 98 machines!
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
Windows XP does not have built in SATA drivers. You will need to download the XP drivers from Western Digital's website and install before the computer will allow you to format and use your new drive. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 19, 2009
Its seems that the PC is not detecting the drive, Try connecting the drive to any other PC. That will help you find out if the drive is bad, You can try changing the connectin cable too.
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
If the drive is available, with a blue bar in disk management, just right click on it and select 'change drive letter and paths'. This will allow you to assign your own drive letter.
If you have more than one external drive or if you use daemon tools, powerISO, they may be trying to occupy the same drive letter, which would explain your problem...
If you see a black bar, it would seem your partition was corrupted and you would need to try and recover your data, if necessary (recuva recovery software is an option) and then repartition the drive.
Hope this helps!
Posted on Jan 27, 2010
Did you format this drive to NTFS or FAT32. It may not rcognise it as a slave drive on a format other than NTFS
Posted on Apr 11, 2010
Testimonial: "Now thats my problem, I dont know how to format to NTFS or FAT32. Can you show me how because I dont know where to find it or what to do. I'll appreciate your help. "
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