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Hi, I have just bought a 320GB WD passport and i would like to know if there is any software out there which will let me back up the contents of my WD Passport to my mac at home. I plan on doing a lot of work on the move at different computers at saving it to the passport, so i would like a back up of my passport incase i lose it. any help would be great. Thanks

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: Hooking up the WD Passport to a USB enabled CD/DVD player possible?

The WD is on USB 2.0 - if it's reading the 2GB drive, could it be that the 320GB one is just too big to read...even though I hardly have much on it? Or maybe I just need to reformat the 320GB drive?

Posted on Mar 12, 2008

SOURCE: dropped a WD passport drive, now it won't load. HELP!

Unfortunately, these drives are not made to be dropped.

It sounds like it was damaged by the drop which could have rendered the read/write heads inoperable or mis-aligned.

Contact Western Digital for a warranty replacement.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

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SOURCE: 320GB WD passport essential works with XP os but not with vista

both of my vista machines worked perfectly... i am not using the software that came on the drive. as a mass storage device it works perfectly.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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SOURCE: 250gb wd passport contents not visible in my computer

One or more of the hints below will probably sort out most USB problems with most USB portable / external hard drives and OTHER devices (though not always)

A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)

3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.

4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.

5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port

6. For FLASH DRIVES you should ensure that the device is set for "quick removal" using the drive control panel properties or use the USB "Safely Remove Hardware" option. If you dont do this there is a very strong chance that any files you transfer may not be there when you plug into another computer.
7. It is possible to remove drives from the enclosures in most cases and connect directly inside a PC to fully check it.
You should also do this to cheack the drives connections are not bad inside the enclosure.
 
8. If none of the above steps help look at updating the drivers from the manufacturers web site in the support section.

9. If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.
Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further
10. ensure that you have set removable drives for "quick removal" or that you use the "Safly Remove Hardware" option often shown on the lower toolbar.It is possible that files my not be fully written to external devices before they are removed. This corrupts the file itself and even on occasion the drive.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009

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SOURCE: How to format WD Passport 1TB to FAT32

Plug the drive into your PC.

Right Click on My Computer (or Computer in Vista/Windows 7) and select Manage.

Click on Disk Management.

Right Click the Volume in question and select Format. Select FAT32 in the options.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009

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