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Wd problems hello i need a geek tech. my wd 500 external is not working properly. when i open it up on my computer it shows the driver but not in the usual blue (wd) color. it shows that it has 365Gb used up. i open it all the folders are there but i move the mouse over one of them and it shows that the folder is empty. i even go further by opening the folder and sure enough it is empty. i have defrag the drive but still no success.

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  • brody700000 Aug 08, 2008

    my wd 500 gig drive shows that it is empty ....i had tons off stuff on there movies music pdfs etc.....How can i retrive my info ? When i go to my computer and click on the H drive it says File System: FAT32 and has no indication as to how much is used or how big the drive is...What should i do?

  • andy5v Oct 27, 2008

    My internal hard drive crashed, so i have installed new hard drive and a fresh OS intalled (vista) now comes to my problem . I use a WD 500 external My Book edition and when i plug the usb cable at first it did not recognize the WD drive, and then loaded the driver from WD, now it recognizes the WD ext. drive but it keeps asking to format the drive, i dont want to format that WD external drive i have Photos , and mp3 files in there, please help





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Change the drive letters, worked for me. I have 2 WD My Books, I made one R: and one S: worked fine after that. On vista go to Control Panel -> Classic View -> Admin Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management -> Right click on WD drive and change letter. For some reason G, F, E, ect seem to run into some problems

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Probally system restore check points if the hard drive has been connected for a couple of months or there has been huge installation on the hard drive ,turn off system restore for the drive click right on my computer>system restore , click on your external Hard drive click settings and press turn off system restore on this drive.That should free up the space caused by system restore check points.

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  • Tech_PC Oct 14, 2008

    In addition the drive may be dead , remember these are internal hard drives that have to be handled gently (no abuse) inside an external case , the best you could do is go to a data recovery service (expensive) if you have valueable information stored on it.


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