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Windows recognizes WD my book Essential 500 gb (WDBAAF5000EBK) as a CD drive instead of an external HD. How correct problem?

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Both my 500G drives work on Firewire! (Intel Core Duo iMac) Every now and then they wouldn't until a recent Firmware update from Mac! Now fine.

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SOURCE: XP doesn't recognize my external 500 GB WD My book essential edition hard drive

I had the same problem some have posted about. I had a lot of data on my drive and then one day it didn't show up in "My Computer" anymore. I had to assign a separate drive letter to the external drive.

Plug in the drive.
Right click on "My Computer"
Click on "Manage
Click on "Disk Management"
On the bottom half of the right side you should find "My Book" assigned to a disk number.
Right click on "My Book"
Click "Change Drive Letter and Paths"
Click Change
Select a new drive letter and hit OK

Hope this helps some people out.

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

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SOURCE: My Computer does not show: Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500 GB external USB hard drive

Well i got a simple 320 gb external hard drive, and since the first month i had problems, i solve the recovery issue by opening the hard drive, and find it out, the inside was broken, and it got unplugged. so plugged it back and got my info. if your data its more important than 200dlls or less break the thing open, because if you claim the warranty they are not responsible for your information.

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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SOURCE: XP doesn't recognize my external 500 GB WD My book essential edition hard drive

I had a similar problem with a WDelements 250gig.
I found that if i plugged it directly into the computer USB and NOT through the USB i had attached to the computer it rectified the problem..
not sure if this will apply to you, but i thought id share.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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SOURCE: My I Mac doesn't recognize the WD 500GB external drive anymore

it must be initialised /mounted 1st for osx

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

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