Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
When I go to the disk management..it detects my book as healthy, but shows no type of partitions....What should I do...I don't want to format it.
I managed to rebuild my boot sector with testdisk and all is well in the world!
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
Thanks for posting this. I had the "Local Disk" issue with my WD MyBook this morning and was worried. I googled, found this page, used TestDisk to repair the boot sector and good as new! Whew. Thank again.
Posted on Apr 02, 2008
Then how about an explanation?
What most likely happened (and Windows has a bad habit of doing this...) is that the partition tables on your hard drive were deleted. Either by an error in Windows or by some other application that is running.
Otherwise... It could have also been caused by not using the "Safely Unplug Hardware" function in Windows.
That's right. That little icon that you normally ignore about plugging and unplugging USB devices? You REALLY need to pay attention to it when it comes to data storage devices. I myself have had this very same issue occur with my external drive. It happened to me a couple times this month in fact.
I took my drive and disconnected it from my Windows machine and plugged it into my Linux machine. I couldn't mount it. Linux informed me via the console that I was using that it was most likely due to being unplugged from a Windows machine without using the proper method.
The dismount of the drive in Windows was inconsistent and unclean. I actually lost the partition table. Not a big deal. I recovered the data easily enough...
I then re-tested this 3 times. Each time, Linux refused to mount the drive until I plugged it back into the Windows machine, run a disk check on it and then PROPERLY disconnect the drive.
Each time I did it properly, Linux mounted the drive without any fuss. (I believe that this message is a function of the ntfs-3g package. The one that lets you read AND write to NTFS partitions in Linux. I've never had an issue with it before I started using that package. Very nice.)
So don't ignore that little icon in the future. It really does make a difference.
Posted on Nov 01, 2007
Posted on Jun 23, 2008
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