Question about Western Digital WD My Book Essential 1TB, USB 3.0 Hard Drive
After putting my computer to sleep and then waking it up later I find the external hard drive is no longer recognised
Whilst that can be resolved by reconfiguring the Operating System setup - the simplest way that normally resolves such problems is to just unplug the USB lead and replug, when the computer will normally "find" the new hardware. if not, try plugging the lead into a different USB socket. If you have no spares - an inexpensive USB extender can be obtained to provide several USB ports from one of the main USB ports on the computer. I would also advise (beneficial for this and other installed drivers) to get the excellent free IOBIT Driver Booster - it really is free, not like all other free-download driver offerings where you download, install, do a scan and then find you have to pay. In addition, this actually finds missing drivers, as well as updating those you have. Can thoroughly recommend. Just remove the two gaps in following link - as I think this website would otherwise delete full links. http:// www. iobit.com/driver-booster.php
Posted on May 06, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
hey im the same person who just posted above. i went to WD's website, and it said unplug the hard drive from the computer, and unplug it from the power source. then plug it into the power outlet, wait for it to spin up, then plug it in via USB/Firewire, whatever. it worked for me, so hopefully it will work for you.
Posted on May 13, 2008
SOURCE: My Western Digital Elements external hard drive is no longer recognised by either of my computers. When I attach it to computer it says it has found new hardware and installs it and when I look in de
Check the Disk Manager to see if the disk has a valid partition and is recognized as being formatted. Start -> right-click My Computer -> Manage -> select Disk Management.
If not, then your MBR could be corrupted.
This troubleshooting external hard disk article should help you further.
Posted on Apr 21, 2009
sounds like you are using the wrong power supply. Check the amp output on the power plug you plug into the wall make sure its the same as the amp input of your external harddrive
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
Windows 98 does not properly work with drives > approx. 130 GB. This has something to do with the FAT* being not large enough for more cluster entries.
*(FAT = File Allocation Table; this tells the computer in which clusters on the HD a file is stored. What is the FAT good for? A computer stores files on HD like a very messy person: The first next free space is used; if it is not sufficient, the second next free space and so on. This leads to fragmentation, i.e. one file may be stored on many different sections of the HD. But unlike a messy person the computer keeps good track of where he puts all the pieces; this list is the FAT.
Here's how I worked around that problem: Partitioned them so that each partition was about 125 GB. Also: Cluster size must be 32 kB; if it is smaller you get more clusters and the FAT can't handle so many.
For example I have a 500 GB hard disk that is partitioned into four 122 GB partitions (just to be on the safe side; a couple of GBs not allocated). This works trouble-free.
You might do the partitioning with Windows's FDISK, though it gives you wrong indications about partition sizes. Use percent values (e.g. ''24%'' when specifying the required partition size in FDISK.
A partitioning utility I can recommend for ease and reliability is Acronis Disk Director Suite.
Posted on Sep 24, 2009
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