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PC won't recognize the WD as a letter on the system

I can't get the pc to recognize the wd external drive through my networks Linksys wrv 200 wireless router. When I ping myworldbook it come up with my cable modem address. when you hook it directly to the pc with a ether net cable and ping it you can get an address for it. Any suggestions?
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Hi, my ps3 won't recognise my 1tb wd external hard


The problem with the new 1Tb WD Passport that I just purchased is that it is a USB 3.0 format and apparently PS3 doesn't recognize that speed.

Haven't found a workaround for it yet, but all these people advising you to reormat anew Passport drive are wasting your time.

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How to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive


Part 1. Some common causes of data loss on Western Digital Hard Drive
Western Digital delivers high quality and high-performance hard drives in the industry. There is no doubt about the quality of these hard drives. But even the Western Digital hard drive users can lose their precious data stored on their hard drives. When something like data loss occurs with you, use the Western Digital hard drive recovery to recover your lost data. But you also need to learn the causes of the Western Digital data loss before performing the WD data recovery as it will help you prevent future data losses. There are various reasons that can lead to data loss on your Western Digital internal or external hard drives. For example,
  • Accidental deletion
  • Accidentally formatted Western Digital Hard Drive
  • Wrongly format or lost partition
  • Unrecognized and inaccessible drives
  • File system corruption
  • Eject or power off WD drive improperly
  • Virus attack
Part 2. How to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive
External hard drives are more susceptible to data losses than internal hard drives as they are connected and disconnected to various computers in their lifetime. Data losses are as common on Western Digital external hard drive as on other hard drives. But data is not deleted from a hard drive permanently but only the link to the data is deleted from the register, making it inaccessible. The file will remain on the drive until it is overwritten by new files and data recovery software makes use of this principle to recover data from Western Digital external hard drive.
You just need to use the correct Western Digital hard drive data recovery that can help you recover your data safely from your Western Digital portable hard drive. We have found that Recoverit is the best tool for data recovery on WD external hard drive.

Why Choose Recoverit Data Recovery?

Recoverit is a propriety data recovery tool from the global leader in the Application software development - Wondershare. If you ever face data loss on your Western Digital hard drive, then you can use the Recoverit data recovery tool to get back any data was lost caused of accidental deletion, formatted, WD hard Drive corrupted or inaccessible, virus attacked and power failure, etc. It is the fastest and the most effective data recovery tool currently available in the market.
Step by Step Guide to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive

First you need to simply download and install the Recoverit data recovery tool and then launch the Recoverit application on your computer after installation. You can choose Window version or Mac version of Recoverit according to your system. Here we take Windows version as example. After that, you can follow the steps below carefully to recover data from Western Digital external hard drive.
  • Step 1 Connect your WD external hard drive to the computer using suitable cables.
  • Step 2 At the interface of Western Digital data recovery application, select "External Devices Recovery" module to recover data from Western Digital external hard drive.
  • Step 3 On the "External Devices Recovery" screen, select the Western Digital hard disk and click the "Start" button. Recoverit Western Digital data recovery will start a quick scan on your Western Digital external hard drive for lost files.
  • Step 4 After the quick scan, you can preview the files that are found on the drive. If the files you want are not there, click "All-Around Recovery" to start a Deep Scan.
  • Step 5 Deep scan will find all recoverable files on your Western Digital external hard drive. Preview and select the files that you want to recover and then click on "Recover" button to restore them on your computer.

Part 3. WD external hard drive not recognized. How to Fix?

While using the WD external hard drive, users may go through issues like hard disk not recognized. A variety of reasons can result in a Western Digital external hard drive not recognized. Some of the common troubleshooting is discussed below.

1) Change the USB port or connect it with another new/available USB cable
There are common chances that your WD external drive fails to be detected to show up in your computer. In such case, you have to change the USB port or connect your hard drive by using a new USB cable. In general, the issues like WD external hard drive not recognized easily gets fixed by these measures.

2) Scan and clean up possible virus or malware
Virus attack is a serious issue when people connect their WD external hard drive to other computers. The hard drive gets easily affected when attacked by a virus, which hampers its functioning and makes you unable to access the data available on the hard drive. This makes it vital to remove the malware or virus available on your PC and WD hard drive. By scanning it with reliable anti-virus software you can easily remove the virus or malware.

3) Turn on USB Root Hub to make WD external hard drive recognizable
To troubleshoot the problem like WD external hard drive not recognized, you can turn on USB Root Hub to make it recognizable.
  • Select Start and type devmgmt.msc, then press Enter.
  • Open up the Device Manager and expand the USB controllers.
  • Now, right click on the USB Root Hub, select Properties and then head to Power Management.
  • Uncheck the box saying "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save the power".
  • Use this process repeatedly to turn on all the USB Root hubs displayed on the list. After that, restart your computer and the WD external hard drive should appear on your PC.

4) Check Disk Management
You can try checking the Disk management utility to see if the hard drive is showing up there or not. A drive may not be showing up because it hasn't been assigned a drive letter or assigned an already existing one. You can change the Drive letter of your Western Digital external hard drive to fix the issue.
To change the drive letter of the hard drive follow the below steps.
  • Press Windows + R to start the Run command.
  • Type Diskmgmt.msc and press enter to start the Disk management.
  • Now, find your WD external hard disk and right click on it and select Change Drive letter and path.
  • Then, assign a new drive letter to your WD external hard and click OK to save the changes.
  • After doing that, the following letter will be assigned to your Western Digital external hard drive and it will show up on the computer.
Part 4. Useful Tips to protect your WD hard disk

1) Do not add new data - Do not add any new files to the WD disk after data loss from Western Digital external hard drive. This can overwrite the files that can be recovered from the hard disk and you will permanently lose all the data. Hence, before you find out and recover all the lost data on your hard disk, stop adding new content on it. This will improve your chances of recovery.

2) Use Antivirus software - Regularly scan your WD hard drive with authorized antivirus software to help remove possible viruses from your WD external hard drive. By scanning and removing viruses from your computer regularly, your computer will be healthy and free from any file corruption that could lead to data loss.

3) Eject WD hard drive by using "safe remove" option - Never unplug or disconnect your WD hard drive abruptly as sudden removal may not give it enough time to save the status and lead to file system corruption. Always eject the WD external hard drive using the "Safe Remove" option to prevent data loss from sudden ejection.

4) Save the files to another hard disk or storage device after recovery - Always save the recovered files on another hard disk or storage device to ensure 100% recovery. This is because there is still a risk of data loss when you recover the files on the original location. Even if the drive itself has no problems, there is a chance of data loss when you recover files on the same location as it can overwrite the files that are to be recovered and you will permanently lose them.

No doubt Western Digital produces the best quality hard drives, but even they are as susceptible to data losses as other hard drives in the market. You may get really troubled when you lose your precious data due to virus attacks, accident deletion, hard drive corruption, lost partition and other reasons. In this case, you can use the Recoverit WD data recovery tool to recover data from an external hard drive, including Western Digital hard drive within just several clicks.
Best Way to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive

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PC and laptop will not recognize WD external drive. I have Window Premiun 7 new PC and noticed my pictures were being saved to My Pictures in PC. I do not want them saved there so unplugged WD then deleted...


Listen closely to the drive, if it sounds like it is clicking then it is probably not getting enough power through the USB. If you received a cable with a split dual USB plug for extra power make sure that both large USB plugs are in the computer while the smaller one is attached to the drive, this will give it enough power to start working. If it is not clicking and has plenty of power then it could be that it is mapped to a drive letter that is already in use. Under device manager, (right click my computer and select manage then click on disk management) If you see the device in there then you can right click on the bar graph representation of the disk and select to change drive letter and paths. This will allow you to remove the conflict and have it show up again.

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I plugged my wd into my dish dvr it formated, decieded i did not wanna use my 1 tera on this wanna do a smaller drive how do i reformat my wd external hard drive so that i may use it for computer stuff?


If your PC will not recognize the drive now, you will have to use an external formatter program. If it will, thenclick on the drive letter of the drive and choose format from the options menu.

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WD External Drive-USB recognize, but no icon, can't access


1. Right click on My Computer > Manage;

2. On the new window click on Disk Management, on the right side, right click in the USB Volume and chose "Change Drive Letter and Path..."

3. In the new window click on "Add..." to assign a letter to your USb drive.

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Jun 24, 2009 | Western Digital Passport WDXML800UE...

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I've been using my WD external for a while with no issues. Yesterday turned it on and it isn't recognised by any of my computers, is there anyway of fixing this without losing data?


If your PC will recognize the drive and give it a drive letter, you can run chkdsk (Check Disk) from the Run prompt to verify that the drive does not have damaged sectors. many times chkdsk will fix minor errors allowing you to access the drive again.
Click Start, Run CMD, enter, then type: X: (X being the drive letter of the Seagate) then type chkdsk /r and hit enter. If it completes 100% try accessing the drive again.
If you cannot acquire a drive Letter when you plug in the WD External try going to Disk Management and assigning a drive letter.
Click Start, then Right click on My Computer and click Manage, then click Disk Management. See if your WD drive shows up in the list. If it does, right click on the larger box on the right and see if it will allow you to assign a drive letter.

Another option you may have is taking the hard drive out of the WD External enclosure and either connecting it as a secondary drive in a desktop PC, or installing it into another external enclsure USB device, and try again to access the drive.

If none of these options work, your last option is to contract a Disk Recovery Service to acquire your data. They are usually very expensive.

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My laptop does not recognize WD3200ME


If your laptop will give your WD a drive letter, you can run chkdsk (Check Disk) from the Run prompt to verify that the drive does not have damaged sectors. many times chkdsk will fix minor errors allowing you to access the drive again.
Click Start, Run CMD, enter, then type: X: (X being the drive letter of the Seagate) then type chkdsk /r and hit enter. If it completes 100% try accessing the drive again.
If you cannot acquire a drive Letter when you plug in the WD drive, try going to Disk Management and assigning a drive letter.
Click Start, then Right click on My Computer and click Manage, then click Disk Management. See if your WD drive shows up in the list. If it does, right click on the larger box on the right and see if it will allow you to assign a drive letter.

Another option you may have is taking the hard drive out of the WD enclosure and either connecting it as a secondary drive in a desktop PC, or installing it into another external enclsure USB device, and try again to access the drive.

If none of these options work, your last option is to contract a Disk Recovery Service to acquire your data. They are usually very expensive.

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Problem with WD EXT Network HDD (1TB)


Have you set up the drive as shared on your network?

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External Drive not recognized


Have you tried in Disk Management Right-Clicking on the drive and selecting 'Change Drive Letter and Paths...' ? That is the normal way to change or add a drive letter to any drive, internally or externally attached (other than by network connection)?

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