Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

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I would like to use the email option of $12.99 please. I am having difficulty downloading software for My Book Essential Edition 2.0 external hard drive. The problem started when I was unable to save the software that came with the drive before I reformatted the drive for NFTS to increase the size. I had already installed the software that came with the drive. My computer is Windows XP. I am having trouble using the WinRar extraction utility to download the file directly to my My Book Essential Edition 2.0 external hard drive. The My Book Essential Edition 2.0 external hard drive is designated as F:\ from my earlier download of the My Book Essential Edition 2.0 software - before it was erased when I reformatted the drive. I have tried several times to extract the MBE2_image file (archive?) to F:\. I am supposed to have a file named "Setup.exe" to double click on in order to install the bundled software at the end of the process. The only file that is similar to "Setup.exe" is one named "WDSetup.exe". After I double click on this file I receive the Western Digital screen to install applications. When I click "Start" after I have checked all applications, I receive the message "unable to launch installer". I have tried this process many times and have been unable to get it to work. I believe that the problem has to do with my use of the WinRar extraction utility. I would appreciate any help that you could give me. Sincerely, Robert Johnston

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Two things, it could be that the WinRar or the bundled software that came with your WD HD is no longer working correctly. I don't see any problem reformatting the hard drive, in fact, reformatting it would allow you to save up some space and sometimes cure bad sectors.

Try downloading WinRar 3.80 and extract the bundled software. If the setup.exe or WDsetup.exe, will not run, contact the manufacturer of the HD and see if you could get the software for free.

You will notice that the HD is malfuctioning once you have the following symptoms:

1. Not detected by the computer.
2. Noise coming out of the HD while turned on.

I believe that you are not getting any of these symptoms, right? So it could be the WinRar or the software.

Hope these helps and have a great day!

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