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After installing a wd siliconedge blue ssd in my system the drive was formatted and now shows up in my drives list in windows, but when i try to do anything with it i get an error that says 'disk is write...


click start control panel administrive tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties then security select take full control in windows 7


USB drives can be write-protected by modifying the StoreageDevicePolicies Registry key and WriteProtect Registry value.
click Start>run>regedit to open Registry Editor. and press control+F to open the find dialogue box and type "usb device" or "driverdesc" to open usb mass storage device or type "usb mass storage device" in the search windows. And right click on it and delete. This will set the policy value to 0. then insert your usb device. It will work fine.
# Remember: do not delete any unknow files in the registry as this will make some programes not work as usual.

also
If you are running a Windows XP OS then you might be able to:
- click start right click on my computer select open
- Right click the icon of your Flash Drive (It should be F:/ or something)
- Click Properties in the menu that comes up
- Click the Sharing tab
- Click permissions
- And finally, click Allow next to Full Control.
hope this helps

Apr 03, 2011 | Western Digital WD SiliconEdge Blue...

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Unit downloaded fine ad the did the back up of the drive fine.started the updates and the firmware stopped and then the drive locked up how to access the drive again after reboot nothing shows G: F:


  1. To restore the Western Digital icon to the drive letter for the external drive in "My Computer".
  2. Please go to the Western Digital Download Library and download the WD Logo Icon which has a file name of External Icon.zip when you download it.
  3. Save the file to your desktop and use a file compression software like Winzip to extract the files inside the .zip file to your desktop. When it's unzipped, it will create a folder named "ExternalIcon" on your desktop.
  4. Double-click on the ExternalIcon folder. It will open a Windows Explorer showing a folder named, Autorun, and a file named, Autorun.inf.Double-click on My Computer and it will open.
  5. Double-click on the driver letter that represents the Western Digital drive you want the icon on and it will open.
  6. Highlight the Autorun folder and the Autorun.inf file. Right-click on them, and left-click on Cut when the Menu appears.
  7. Right-click in the open space of the drive that you opened in the new Explorer window, and then left-click on Paste.
  8. Close both Explorer windows, safely remove the external hard drive by using the Safely Remove icon in the system tray, shut down the computer, and unplug the external drive from the computer.
  9. After you reboot into Windows, reconnect the external drive to the computer again, and the Western Digital Icon should now be displayed with the drive letter in My Computer.

If these steps do not correct the problem, you will need to re-format your External Hard Drive ***WARNING*** FORMATTING A HARD DRIVE WILL ERASE, YOU WILL LOSE, ALL DATA

Mar 18, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB...

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How do i remove the preinstalled software it keepd wanting me to install and how do i get rid of the virtual cd


If you are on Windows, when you attach the drive to your system, go ahead and cancel any of the software that it tries to run. Then, open Windows Explorer (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Windows Explorer) or double-click on the My Computer icon if it's on your desktop.
Once you have that open, you want to look for the drive USB drive. It will be in the Folders View on the left and probably say WD drive or be drive E, F, etc. (not C:). Once you find the drive, click on it to open it and see the contents. You should see a few programs that are the ones trying to install when you attach the drive.
At this point, you can safely delete all the files on that drive.

Mar 03, 2011 | Western Digital My Passport Essential SE...

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I copied some videos to my Elite WD. Can I just open this drive to view what is there without going to the WD software?


Yes, you can view the content of your hard drive by going to Windows Explorer, or My Computer. You can launch Windows Explorer by pressing the Win key (has the Windows logo, between the CTRL and ALT buttons, bottom left side of your keyboard) and the E-key, so that's Win+E keys pressed together. Once Explorer opens just click on the hard drive's icon from the left side of the new window, it should be labeled MyBook.

If this was helpful and informative please vote with a Thumb Up. Thank you.

Jan 30, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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My Maxtor 4 500 GB hard drive sounds like it's trying to run, but then it says that It's not connected to my computer. The little front light is lit up, but then it says it's not connected to my laptop. ...


This could be something as simple as the cable has gone bad. I would replace it first. If that does not work try this.
1.Right click the My Computer icon on desk top. If you do not have My Computer on the desk top it can be found in the Start Menu. It may just say Computer.
2.After right clicking it go to Properties in the drop down menu and left click it. You will get a window looking like this.
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If you have Vista. I think Windows 7 is similar. Windows XP will be a window with tabs at top.
3.Open the Device Manager and you will get a window with a list of devices that are installed on you
PC. Looking like this.
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In the list you should see your Maxtor it's probably down in the USB section. If you can't find it, it means you need to reinstall the drivers. If you do find it right click on it. You will have a drop down menu with different options on it. You can try uninstalling it reboot the PC and see if it auto finds it.

Hope this was helpful.
Good Luck
cookEmonster

Oct 13, 2010 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 500GB External USB 2.0...

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I have A WD 1 TB drive. I have saved files on it.


Open My Computer.
Click with the SECOND (usually the RIGHT) mouse-button on the icon for the WD drive.
Click Properties.
Click Tools.
Click Check Disk for errors.
Choose the option to let Windows "fix" the errors.

May 30, 2010 | Western Digital My Passport Essential SE...

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F drive error Ox80070052


Reboot. Open Windows Explorer (Win key + E). Insert drive. Does F or any other drive become available?

Jan 03, 2010 | HP Hard Drives

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Cannot sync from Western Digital Passport 320gb HD


try and format using your vista or xp tools,right click on the hard drive go to format and format it as a ntfs drive.

May 28, 2009 | Western Digital 500GB My Book Pro-External...

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WD Passport Elite 320 - won't install autobackup launcher


I just spoke to WD support...here is how to solve your problem:( I had the same problem and it works great now)
1. Connect your WD ext. drive.
2. Click open Computer.
3. Double click open the WD blue icon.
4. Double click open WD_Windows Tools.
5. Double click open WD drive manager.
6. Double click open the Setup icon for Vista 64 (the other icon
is for x86 windows)
run the setup and it will take care of your problem. enjoy!

Dec 01, 2008 | Western Digital Passport WDXML800UE...

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