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My Book Essential Edition

I just purchased My Book Essential Edition and want to install it on my PC. I already have a 200 GB My Book installed. I want to remove the 200 GB unit and install it on my wife's PC. What process must I use to ensure that both WDC units operate properly?

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Moving them is not an issue..you ever considered making the two computers on same home office network through a router or wireless?

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Find another computer and plug it in. This will let you know if the problem is with the My Book or with your computer.

If it turns out to be your computer, try removing the software that the My Book installed, reboot your computer and go through the installation again.

You always have the option to call Western Digital for more help. I have called them on the My Book World and they were very helpful.

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Hi There, Don't know if this will help ?. I have My Book Ess-Edit 500. I bought it six months ago. (it has a blue light which moves up & down when on) Anyway here goes. you don't have to safely remove my book as it turns on & off with your PC. Was your pc on when you pulled the plug? IF SO YOU MAY BE IN THE S***. with my book turned on, Try from start xp / flag Vista. / Computer/ highlight WD mybook / right clik open, in list you should see whats on your my book, folders & so on.
(you seem to be looking for your pic's). highlight folders/ right clik open/ you can restore a file from the list by, again highlight/ then right click/ from list pick (send to) Documents. From there you can copy / paste to pictures. Hope this helps ? Steve 105

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Close everything and try this....

<Start>
<settings>
<Control Panel>
<Administrative Tools>
<Computer Management>
<Disk Management>

Once you get there, your drives should list out along with their capacities and drive letters.

See if the MyBook shows up and if it does, it most likely just needs to have a drive letter assigned to it. Do that, click ok and reboot your machine.

I have about 4TBs of MyBooks sitting on my desk. Some of them I've had to manually install. Some of them just auto install.

Don't trust these things as "sole" back-ups though. They're not very reliable and Western Digital will make no efforts to recover lost data on your drive should it crash....

Good luck. Hope this helped you..


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One method:
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OK, I bought this Western Digital MyBook 500 GB Essential Edition too, and could not get it to work with Windows 98 SE.

I followed the above instructions, but my version of windows was missing even the drivers suggested above! UGH!

HOWEVER, I found ANOTHER SOLUTION. I installed USB 2.0 drivers for mass storage and the the MY BOOK icon popped up on my Windows 98 SE machine. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Here are the drivers from this british webpage:
http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/win98se-usb-mass-storage-drivers.php

Good luck to all you frustrated folks scooping your info off Windows 98 machines!

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