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Misreading as local disk

I have had my western digital passport 120GB external for almost a year, with no problems. for some reason (unbeknowest to me) my computer started reading it as a local drive rather than an external. it wont let me access it at all from My Computer or in any other way. tried it on another computer and it is having the same problem. does anyone know what could be wrong and how to fix it (please note that im not great with computers, so dummied down solutions would be helpful) :)

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  • kindly_door Jan 21, 2008

    it assigns it to disk E (though it was always this drive). now, however, it says local disk (E) under the heading "hard disk drives" along with local disk C. it used to be under the "removable storage drives" heading as disk E.

    generally, after plugging into the usb, it takes a very very long time to read. when it finally does, there is no way to access it because it gives an error saying "E:/ is not accessible. incorrect function." the icon on the tray (what you would use to "safely remove" the disk) says that it is a "mass storage device: disk E" which is what it has always said. the disk also does not read in the device manager.

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    That is pretty much it

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    Exactly the same thing here.

  • crazyjap Jan 22, 2009

    Same thing. Help!!!

    I've used this WD Passport 160GB for a couple years, and it's always read as "Removable Disk". Now it's reading as "Local Disk".

    I've tried formatting it, both Quick and regular, and it still is coming up as Local Disk. And when I connect it to my macbook pro, it says I can't write anything to the disk because it is write protected.

    And on my PC I can still write stuff to it, but it still shows up as "Local Disk".

    Any help is much appreciated. Thank you.


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Can you give more details
such as, what drive letter does it assign it, what error do you get when you try to read it, does it say 120GB when you look at it on "My Computer" and so on.

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