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I have a WD My book 500GB with Usb Connection, how can I connect it to my network, thanks

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You might have 2 cables with it
1st one is usb to connect it with your PC and another one is for power supply.
so complete the circuit and enjoy :)
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Wd 500gb hard drive is not shown any power it was working fine suddenly when i try to connect to my laptop nothing appearing. plz advice


Good day, this video tutorial will help you to recognize your WD 500GB. Just follow instruction and your problem will gonna fix.

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if there you can connect via usb cable try to observe if detection lost, if connection still freeze the problem most likely in hdd. but if work fine may be in network connection related check for patch chord possible lost connection.

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Broken USB connection port on WD 500GB Mybook


I had the same problem and I solved it. Slip off the black case and replace the part thats broken. its cheap. $10 here is the link: http://www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=9501
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I have recently bought a Belkin N+ Wireless Modem-Router (model F5D8635-4 v1). It comes with the USB port and I bought a WD 1Tb drive to connect with it. I added the WD drive (92.168.2.1My Book in my...


  • First off, the WD hard drive was meant to be connected to a computer.
  • Therefore connect it to the fastest computer you have or the one running the network.
  • Make that drive a network drive.
  • Set the router to handle DHCP using the web based interface (192.168.1.1 on a linksys router, check your manual for the IP address belkin)
  • The drive apparently has three volumes on it: X: Y: and Z: (network drives)
  • I would backup the WD drive and reformat in NTFS format
  • I dont believe that these drives were meant to be networked. Therefore you get what you get....
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Slow WD World Edition HD


I understand your pain. Mine was always slow, but it's by design. I am sure the limitation is the amount of RAM it has, because everytime it needs to access data, the RAM is so small that it will have to go back to the drive just to re-read an index. When mine died after 1.5 yrs, I took it apart and found a WD5000AAKS SATA 7200rpm drive. Performance of the drive should be excellent, but in that little plastic box that is acting like a stand-alone NT server, performance is s-l-o-w. As a MyBook, it's best used as a backup unit, but be sure you have a backup of that, since it is highly unlikely it will live much more than 12 months, if that, because it has no forced cooling. See other issues on this site with regard to other MyBooks.

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Only showing as a network device on 2 of the 3 pcs on the network


Did u added the new network devices, or did u wait till thy popped up?
If u didn't added them manually, then go to networklocations, add network location, press next, and again next, then type in \\mybookworld\"here the name of the folder of your mybook, ex. Movies or music,.." (without " ")

Do it for every folder.

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Stand-alone networking


What you want is called a NAS, Networked Attached Storage, which is generally a relatively small device with its own hard drives, a network connection, and a dedicated computer to perform file serving tasks and network communications. Unfortunately, your FreeAgent is only a hard drive, with no file server or network connection, so it must be attached directly to a computer through its USB connection if it is a FreeAgent 500GB, or through its USB, firewire, or eSata connection if it is a FreeAgent Pro 500GB.

There are some NAS's which have USB ports, and if you were to purchase one (not cheap), you could connect your FreeAgent to it as additional storage.

Although probably an unsatisfactory answer, I hope this helps you plan your next step.

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