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Wd500aaks driver I building up a computer and need the driver for this drive, I do not yet have a operating system installed. Thx Jack

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I'm having this same problem! I got my HDD as an OEM so I did not receive a driver disk with it. melnavz, yes that is how you would normally install an OS. but with larger hard drives you will have to install drivers for the OS to install or to even pick up on the full size of the drive. I'm sorry melnavz, but you don't know what you are talking about...

If you do not lode drivers for your new hard drive, there are none already loaded on the hard drive, or windows duse not pick up on the drive and support it then you will only get 137gb as your boot partishion, and the rest of the hard drive will have to be set as a second partishion.

What i'm doing to get around this problem, I'm placing the hard drive in a different computer on my bench. Formating and partishioning the full 500gb of my drive in one partishion and then i'm going to install windows. I am still in the middle of it now so if that duse not work then i'm going to bern a driver disk for this hard drive, lode those drivers and then lode windows.

If you already have the OS on your computer and you realized that you have two partishions then you will eather have to reformat or place a second drive into the computer, run a program such as "Ghost" (we use ghost in the shop almost every day on a large scale) and copy your master drive to the second drive. Boot into that second drive, format and repartishion the drive to the full 500gb, and then push that image of you're computer back to you're boot drive.

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Re: wd500aaks driver

All you have to do insert any operating system bootable disk and then boot in CD/DVD rom and partition HDD and format and then install the operaitng system.

Here a guide on installing windows xp operating sytem :

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I got wd5000bmvv 2.0 portable hard drive I puted that in usb 3.0 jack in my laptop now its show detect but dose not come any option on screen


First, please disconnect all USB devices and then perform the following steps:

Click "Start" button, type "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) in the "Search" bar and press "Enter". Click "Continue" if necessary.

In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" and click "OK".

Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".

Then, restart your computer and Windows 7 will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.

for xp or earlier

click start right click on computer select properties device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a yellow question / exclamation mark? ! or a red X

you will need to update/reinstall drivers

right click to reinstall drivers

if you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports (com&lpt) right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red white green black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems to a computer and its parts

Western Digital produces a line of external hard drives known as "My Book," designed primarily for use as part of a data backup regimen or general data storage.

These drives are compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers, but you may need to perform some work on the device in order to get it working as desired with your specific system.

Western Digital's My Book drives come formatted with use for a particular type of computer. Therefore a drive sold for use with a Macintosh may not work out of the box with a PC, and vice versa.

In such cases, you will need to reformat the drive for use with your system.

On a Macintosh, you can reformat a PC drive using the Disk Utilities application, found in the Utilities subfolder of the Applications folder.

Set the number of partitions you wish to divide the drive into, and choose "Apple Partition Map" and "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" from the list of options.

To reformat a Macintosh drive on a Windows computer, use the Disk Management window.
Start by right-clicking on the desktop icon labeled "My Computer," then select the option labeled "Manage."

Review the listings, and select the drive entry that corresponds to your My Book.

Right-click on a volume's blue bar to delete that volume from the drive (make sure you have the right drive selected).

When the blue bar turns black, right-click on it and select "New Simple Volume" to launch a wizard that will guide you through the rest of the reformatting process.

Drivers and USB 3.0

The My Book does not require the installation of any special driver software in order to work with your computer.

However, if the data transfer rates seem slower than expected, you may wish to check that your computer's USB drivers are up to date.

Some models of the My Book are capable of operating at USB 3.0 speeds, but if your system is using USB 2.0 drivers, this can affect performance.

You can generally find the latest drivers for your computer by visiting the manufacturer's website; look for a link to a "Downloads" or "Support" page.

Searching for your computer's specific model number may help as well.

If you've built your own computer from scratch, check the motherboard manufacturer's website. If your computer does not come with USB 3.0 installed, you can install an adapter card into one of the motherboard's available PCI-e slots.

These cards come packaged with special drivers of their own, and installers are also often available at the manufacturer's website.

if its a usb external drive you might need a usb 3 card installed on your computer your computer might not have enough usb output power

USB 3 card will provide more power when needed to the device to gain maximum throughput and conserve power when the device is connected but is idling

these can be purchased on Ebay cheap and easy to install

for roughly $9 or $10free postage

Hope this helps.

Nov 24, 2012 | Hard Drives

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Find driver for pny 64g flash

Maybe the flash drive has gone bad (belly up). Try a different usb port on the computer.

Try the Flash Drive on another computer and see if it recognizes it. If not, the drive is gone bad.

You don't need drivers for it. Think about it, did you install a driver for it when you purchased it and first plugged it in? The operating system picks it up automatically and installs the drivers through windows.

But, if you want to see if there are some drivers for it, try PNY's website.

Get online and got to In the google search box type: "PNY Support" (without the quotes and put your manufacturer name before Support). Look for downloads and drivers. Enter your model number and operating system when requested. Download and install the drivers.

Jun 03, 2012 | PNY 64GB Drive

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How to install operating system on from one hard drive to another

Install the hard drive to the computer if it is compatible with the computer and install your operating system, you cannot transfer and operating system from one hard drive to another.

May 22, 2012 | Seagate Hard Drives

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I need to install the driver information to a new computer for the Imation Apollo Pro UX external hard drive

What operating system are you using? There is usually no need for drivers on external HDD. The computer usually recognizes it and installs the necessary software for it.. Let me know if this answers your question and good luck..

Sep 09, 2011 | Imation Apollo UX 2.5" USB Portable (250...

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I have a WD3200ME external works on vista but when i changed my OS to windows 7, it cannot be read..then i go back to windows vista thinking it could be read but the same thing happen.. it says...

If your WD external drive is not recognized, it can be caused by one of the following problems:
  1. Your driver may be corrupted. The symptoms of this problem can vary - The majority of the time however, the drive may request a driver, or will not appear as a connected device. You will need to contact Microsoft or your System Manufacturer for assistance in resolving this issue, as we are unable to provide assistance in diagnosing your OS.
  2. Important Information: It has been reported to us that some users have been able to resolve this issue using the SFC Command in a Command Prompt. When contacting Microsoft or your System Manufactuer, providing them with this information may assist in resolving this issue. Please note that WD Technical Support cannot assist with the usage of this command line program, and is not responsible for any damage to your system or data it may cause.
  3. Your drive may be damaged or have failed. A good test for this is to try the drive in another system. If the issue continues to occur, than this is most likely the case. For assistance replacing your drive under warranty see Answer ID 8: How can I replace a product under warranty?.

  4. In some cases you may need to install a drive in order for your drive to be recognized. Check the table below to see if your model drive requires a driver to be installed besides the one that is included in your Operating System. Please note that this table includes any drive that has a driver for any reason.In most cases the drivers listed are not required for the drive to function, but add some additional funcationality that the OS supplied driver cannot provide. If an OS is not listed in either column, your WD external drive is not supported on that OS. If a driver is available, select the OS in the list to go to the download page for that driver.
Microsoft Windows 64-bit Operating Systems working with Western Digital hard drives trnsp.gif Question Do Western Digital hard drives work with Microsoft Windows 64-bit Operating Systems? trnsp.gif Answer External Hard Drives
Our external hard drives should work with 64-bit operating systems. But, again, there are some things you need to keep in mind:
  • Drivers for most Western Digital USB and FireWire external hard drives are already included in all 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • When Western Digital drives are connected to the computer, the operating system should automatically recognize that there is a new device and install the drivers for that device to function on that system.

  • Western Digital does not provide any generic drivers for our external hard drives in the event that the system drivers do not load properly.

  • In the event that one of our drives does not install on your operating system, here are some simple troubleshooting tips you can follow:

    1. Plug the power adapter directly into the wall to make sure the drive is getting enough power.

    2. Change the USB/Firewire cable to make sure that the cables aren't bad.

    3. Try the drive on another PC. If the drive installs on that PC, and you can see it in the Windows Explorer, then you know that the drive is good.

    4. If it doesn't show up in Windows Explorer, but does show up in Disk Management, then the drivers are installed and you most likely have a format or partition issue. In which case, please see:

    5. If the drive doesn't show up in either Windows Explorer or Disk Management, then the drive should be replaced.

  • If the drive shows up on another PC, then there may be driver issues with the operating system where it's not installing. You will need to contact Microsoft Support at for further help troubleshooting your operating system.

Dec 21, 2010 | Hard Drives

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Have you got a driver for this product please?

usually hard drives dont need driver to be installed seperately, they ll be automatically detected by the operating system and bios. if not check cables,connections, power supply.... if still not working check with other system..

Sep 18, 2010 | Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00 120 GB SATA Hard...

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Reformat hard drive

How to format your hard drive and re install your operating system.
in order for you to do this you have to (before you format)
1. make sure that you have your recovery cd's or a cd/DVD with your operating system (windows or Mac)
2. try to back up all your information to an external Hard drive or DVD's depends on how much usable information you may have.
3. try to handpic your files to back up because if you do an auto back up you will end up with the same problem again.
-- to do a back up copy all your needed files to an empty folder and then burn them to DVD's or copy to an ext. HD.
4. after you do that (if you have your recovery cd's) insert #1 and restart your computer it will tell you to press any key to start from cd do that and follow directions.
5. when the program shows your partitions go ahead and delete them all, you need to end up with one
6. when you see just one partition go ahead and click continue and it will install your new operating system
7. if you have more than 1 cd it will ask you to insert the next one and so on.
8 after it finishes installing, get the cd out and run the setup process like if you've got a brand new computer, type the information and keep clicking next.
9. at one point you would be on the windows screen and that is it you have a brand new operating system.
Note: take in consideration that when you follow this process, you
erase EVERYTHING from the system including files and programs so after you do this you are going to have to re-install all your programs and copy your docs. back to the pc.
**** If you don't have the discs
check under start-(all) programs - start up- recovery- disk creation.
that (if you have it) will help you to create your recovery disks try to use 2 dvd's if posible if not you may have to get a windows cd to re- install and install drivers and apps.

if it works for you don't forget to rate me


May 26, 2010 | Xerox Hard Drives

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When I click on My computer, the maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus

Hi there,
You can try installing the drivers for the hard disk. Usually XP and vista operating systems detect the drives and install the drivers by themselves. But sometimes there are compatibility issues, which then require manual installation of drivers. I wonder what the operating system on your computer is. Please get back to me if you need further assistance.
Hope this helps :)

Oct 24, 2009 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 500GB External USB 2.0...

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The external is on but my computer say unknown device so cant use it and most of my data are in there. Even if i keep it cd to install does nothing but give instruction which doesnt help me at all.

What Operating System is on your computer? Windows 98 and Windows 2000 sometimes will need the drivers for the external USB drive. Check with the drive's manufacturer to see if drivers are available for your Operating System. I know the Western Digital Passport will not work with Windows 98 and Western Digital has no intentions of writing drivers for the Operating System.

Jul 28, 2009 | Hard Drives

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I just replaced my hard drive and everytime i boot up it says found no operating system but when i try to install the operating system it wont let me

New hard drives don't have an O/S installed, so they just be prepped and the O/S reinstalled, along with your applications.

Does your computer "see" the new drive? If the drive was properly connected, a modern computer will automatically detect it, and you shouldn't need to do much if anything in BIOS.

There is a key sequence to get into the BIOS setup, differs from computer to computer.

Assuming the computer detects the drive, the O/S install should partition, format, and install. Some SATA machines may not install Win XP without some additional work. Do you have the CD(s)/DVD(s) that came with your computer? If so, they should have all the proper drivers (including for SATA interfaced drives).

Hopefully this will help.

Dec 23, 2008 | Gateway (M520HD80G) Hard Drive

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