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Was I suppose to format my 2tb wd elements hard drive beforehand. As my tvs can not read it? Other brands would have a box that comes up saying to format but I got nothing I'm useing windows 10.Thanks

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In order to fix this problem, be sure that the drive is formatted to NTSC. Mine was, however, when I started loading mp3 files to the drive first, it somehow got reformatted to FAT32. I don't know how, but it did. Copy your mkv files FIRST!

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SOURCE: My wd elements hard drive of 1 terabyte will not turn on

Hi,

Usually if this happens it's either a dead AC adapter or a failed circuit board inside. If you have nothing crucial on the drive take it back to the store you bought it from or contact Western Digital for warranty.

If you do have crucial files and don't want to loose them by simply warrantying the drive, take it to your local PC store and void your warranty by having the techs there move you hard drive into a new enclosure for testing. If it works in the new enclosure buy it and be on your way. If it doesn't your problems are more severe and will require some specialized assistance from a Data Recovery Pro. If this is the case ask the techs to place the HDD in a anti-static bag then reply to me with your Country, State, City and I will refer you to a nearby Pro who can access your files and save them for you.


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Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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SOURCE: WD 500gb external hard drive 'elements' not recognised by laptop

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.

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SOURCE: WD external Hard drive 320 GB hangs my computer everytime connect

all solutions are not helpful, if u just use safe mode then there is no problem with hard disk, its a problem of some services, u just try with safe mode.30-40% people has same problem.
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Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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SOURCE: WD HD TV Media Player won't recognize Hard Drive

I had a similar issue eventually reformatted on the mac and included the dos readable check option on snow leopard,

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I have a WD media player and my HD crashed recently. I installed a new one but i now get an error message saying that my HD is not detected yet it works fine on the PC - please assist.


If it works OK on you PC and not in the WD, it suggests to me that you have the disk incorrectly formatted. Most media players use a Linux format not a windows format (fat or ntfs). Try deleting the partition in the PC and then format it with the WD. I presume that you replaced it with the same size disk as many of them will not use anything larger than the original size.

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If you want to use this USB external hard drive to exchange data between a PC and a MAC then format this hard drive on a PC, BUT format the hard drive in FAT32 not NTFS file system.
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Hi Regin, I used to have a WD drive and one day I started having all sorts of formatting issues. The WD was very sensitive and then a week or so later, it started making clicking noises, and then a day later it died.
I returned it and got a new WD but in less than 8 months, I lost all my data again! I never bothered asking WD for a new one, and used it as a door stopper for a year or more! Eventually, I threw it away about a year ago.
I recently read that someone whose WD drive crashed threw it in the freezer and left it there for a couple days and then it was fine!!! I am telling you the truth, i read that here on FixYa!
In any case, be care, be tender. Dont think that just because you have a back up drive that you are protected! My experience suggests that there is something wrong with a number of WD drives! We should all get our money bacK!
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My 2tb wd hard drive stopped working in mid use, is asking to be formatted. will this lose all my stuff thats on it? can i save anything?


If you format it, yes, ever thing on it will be lost. You might be able to put it into another machine and copy some data. Typically the message indicates corrupt indexes.
Hope this helps. I would appreciate your feed back.

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I just purchased a WD Elements 2TB and it has to be reformatted for Mac. Can you help ?


If you want to exchange data between a PC and a MAC then the externak hard disk needs to be formatted on a PC in FAT32 not NTFS.
If you only want to use the hard disk on a MAC then format the hard drive using a MAC in HPFS.
Connect the hard drive to the PC or MAC into the USB port to format the hard drive.

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