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

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Windows vista home premium

Purchased my book will not install on vista

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  • maxxb Dec 21, 2007

    the computer not reading my wd book when i plug in the usb it makes a sound but dose not show its self on the computer?

  • jffmcy1 Feb 12, 2008

    i got the driver to work one time yet it was still looking for the driver i was able to transfer files on to the unit but now i dont have no access to pull off the files i put on it so i can return the POS

  • ogiecomia Feb 17, 2008

    I cannot install my My Book 500gig external HD in Windows Vista. I can install it in Windows XP but cannot in Windows Vista. Any solutions in this?

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2008

    I've got a WD MyBook Premium, 320 GB on IEE 85 (FireWire) and it's a constant hassle in Vista. It loses my MyBook drive every other time I start it up. I have to fiddle with it repeatedly.

    Have you tried the driver from WD?http://support.wdc.com/download/index.as...

    I'm going to keep working on it too.

  • Anonymous May 15, 2008

    driver manager doesn't work

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Check the Jumper on the actual HD is set to Slave. Vista SP! seems to only recognise the HDD if its set to this.

Posted on Apr 03, 2008

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Tried this suggestion from WD on the same issue with WINXP.

Turn it off and unplug all the wires. Wait a sec. Plug the power in and hit the front button. After it revs up a bit, plug the FireWire back in. The computer "should" recognize it now.

It worked for me, but will it see it automatically next time???? I seriously doubt it. But I DID submit a request to WD for help. We'll see.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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    Brandon Little Feb 27, 2008

    I got a follow-up from WD. They tell the expected advice like update Windows, and the WD Drivers, make sure the device works on other computers, make sure that it's not just the port or the cable itself.

    The only unusual suggestion is that you plug the MyBook directly into a wall socket, not a power strip or battery backup.

    If this is a solution, I certainly won't do it. I'm not about to see my hard drive fried by a power spike. At any rate, the previous workaround that I suggested has worked for the time being.

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Ya i'm sure that's helpful ****!

Posted on Feb 09, 2008

Go back to XP

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