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My book not recognizaed my windows

Unplug it from the crowded power strip and plug it into one that does not have any thing plug with it and it will work!

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Re: My book not recognizaed my windows

I am still pity amazed but it did work must be sumthing to to with the interchangeable powered connectors ?

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My pc cannot detect my WD external hard drive. It was working fine previously. Today as I switched on my pc, it detected it and I manage to see all my pictures file on the folders, but when I click on the...

It could be a few things.....First, your drive could be going could maybe even just have a power problem.

I would try a few things to troubleshoot this.
  • Check your power. Make sure the cords are plugged in tightly on either end. If it is plugged into a power strip, maybe try another strip, or wall outlet. Make sure any power strip is also switched on. If Windows is having trouble detecting it, it may not be seeing it as a powered device.
  • Try another USB port. Sometimes Windows can have trouble installing a driver.....on occasion swapping the port can help. or you could have a USB port not working properly.
  • with the drive powered on put your ear up to it and listen for any strange sounds. Clicking and grinding that are not they typical sounds you hear from a drive could indicate that the drive is dying. (Drives generally make some random sounds as it is accessing data and the whirring sound of the platters spinning.....but a rhythmic or constant click would be a bad thing...or some grinding sounds as well) If you think your drive is going bad, it's best to get the data copied elsewhere off of it if you get a "last chance"
  • if the drive is dying, I have heard of some people putting the drive in the freezer, or even giving it a whack with a screwdriver (if the drive arm is stuck, this could unstick it...but really I wouldnt recommend it unless you have exhausted every possible option)
  • If you think it is a power problem, you could buy a USB Drive adapter like this one: (You can get them much cheaper on eBay actually) With this device you can remove the actual drive from the enclosure, and try hooking it up directly using the drive adapter (The enclosure has the power supply to the drive, so if you have a power problem, using the drive adapter may take that out of the mix)
  • If you get one shot....copy the data off of it just in case....and make sure you have backups in the future to try and avoid problems like this.
Good Luck

May 12, 2011 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

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External Harddrive locks up Windows Vista Home Basic on start up

I would suggest two things.
First, plug in the 1TB drive when it won't cause problems, and go to Disk Management under Administrative Tools (for example right-click the My Computer icon and select Manage, then drill down to Disk Management). Check your 1TB disk's drive letter there, and perhaps change it to some letter further down the alphabet, like "T" for example.
Then run a full check on the drive - right-click the 1TB drive and select Properties, go to Tools tab and run "check for errors", selecting the option to repair system errors.
After that's finished, plug in the 500GB drive and run a full check on it as well, just to make sure.
Now try booting up with both disks plugged in - the problem should be gone.
If it's not, then it may mean, that your BIOS is trying to open this 1TB drive to make an option to boot from it possible, and it has troubles because of it's size; some older BIOSes can't cope with disks of that size. Should this be the case, you can go into BIOS Setup and disable booting from other devices that the primary internal hard disk.

Jan 02, 2010 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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My Book green light continuously blinks and is not recognized by

mine does the same thing ..they must be unplugged from your power to turn it off.if you leave the usb plugged in its ok ..just unplug the power from the wall socket

Jun 23, 2009 | Western Digital 320GB MyBook External USB...

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Using Windows Vista Suddenly can't see WD MyBook 500G

I had a problem with MY Book and I found out that if you plug the drive into a power strip it doesn't receive enough power, so it doesn't show up on Vista, but if you turn everything off and then plug the My Book directly into a wall socket, Vista will see it and put an icon in the My Computer area.

Jun 04, 2009 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

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External Hard Drive has stopped being recognized

First thing to do is to try it on another computer to see if its not your windows playing with you.

If that doesn't work its either the USB controller inside your Hard drive box or the hard drive itself.

The only way to figure it out from there is to open the Hard drive case remove the Hard drive and either try it with another usb module that you know works or plug it right in the computer with IDE or Sata interface.

Jun 01, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Wd My book, mac and windows

Plug it into your mac, open "Disk Utility" select your Hard Drive in the list to the side, click "RAID" change the Volume Format to MS-DOS (FAT). Now unplug it, plug it into your PC, open "My Computer" right click your Hard Drive and click "Format" change to FAT(it might be FAT 32, or something else). Click "Format." This should work.
hope it helps!

Mar 03, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Western Digital My Book Premium ES Edition WD5000H1U-00 500 GB USB 2.0

Lots of posts on this on other boards -- I was looking for output voltage of AC adapters as they are not labeled WD and had mixed multiples from other devices in one box while moving-- -- found that answer -- BUT I also saw several people whose drive stopped working suddenly. One got a tip from WD support to unplug adaptor from power strip and into wall socket directly -- This seemed to have solved this for many. Being a study of electrical and electronics I have a suspicion that the current capacity of the strip plug cord wires or strip internals are being overloaded. This will cause a drop in voltage out of the power supply itself, thus low voltage to the drive. One individual re-created the problem by again going back to a loaded strip. No guarantees but worth a try!!

Mar 21, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Premium ES...

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External Hard drive

When I switched on my computer one day, Western Digital drivers were not found.
This works:
I have changed plug sockets, power strip to wall socket and now Western Digitals are now being detected.

Feb 13, 2008 | Hard Drives

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My book not recognized by windows

I had a similar problem that I just fixed. The drive was not being recognized at all - I unplugged, rebooted, switched to different computer, used different usb cable, plugged into wall outlet, NADA!

Then I tried something else - I just bought 2 more external hard drives and I switched the power port from the new one to the old one and the hard drive was recognized. I plugged the old outlet into the new hard drive and that worked, too. PHEW!

I had almost 100Gbs of music on there!

Dec 24, 2007 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Western Digital My Book

If your harddrive is showing up in your device manager but not in my computer then its a drive path issue. Try this: right click on my computer then manage, next click disk drives, the drive in question should be on the list as a blank space. All you have to do is right click on the drive and choose assign drive letter. Hopefully this helps.

Nov 13, 2007 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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