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Western Digital My Book Drive is locked

The lock LED is on and I have never set a password. My pc will not recognize the drive. When plugged in it initially lights up and then shuts down never being recognized when powered back up. Any suggestions?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: External Hard Drive No Longer Recognized

hey im the same person who just posted above. i went to WD's website, and it said unplug the hard drive from the computer, and unplug it from the power source. then plug it into the power outlet, wait for it to spin up, then plug it in via USB/Firewire, whatever. it worked for me, so hopefully it will work for you.

Posted on May 13, 2008

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SOURCE: External hard drive not recognized

I recenctly bought a my book 500 gig drive and it is usb.
the firsttime I plugged the usb cable in it worksed. I had only a 40 gig ide harddrive and so I ordered an internal 500 wd hard drive to replace it. The internal 500 gig is a sata drive. first I cloned the 40 to the sata 500 and then copied the external 500 to the internal. I mover the cables to then make the internal 500 sata my boot drive. The computer would no longer show the external e\when i used the windows explorer. the device manager said it was there and working with no problem but windows did not see it.
After several experiments with diferent configurations I have concluded my motherboard wasauto configuring the external and internal 500 drives as drive 0. Since the usb was detected first and was notthe boot drive then windows assigned the internal drive as drive 0 and since the usb drive was drive 0 also it would not work. windows ignored it. my solution was to return the ide as the boot drive and plug the sata into a slave port. with that configuration both drive are seen and work normally. It took me several days to find this arrangement. so since my sata ports are auto configure and the external has a sata connection i will install an esata port adapter and try to hook it up as a slave sata drive so i cab\n use my internal 500 sata drive as my boot drive.
sorry this was so long but it is my solution to what others may be facing.

Posted on Jun 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Western Digital My Book Pro - Replace Disks

Same problem. This from WD Answer ID 1664:
Important: The user serviceable enclosure will only work with replacement hard drives from Western Digital. Inserting a non-Western Digital hard drive into the enclosure could cause damage or data loss.
So Hitachi drives will not work at all. After talking to tech support, it seems you have to have them send you a replacement disk in order for it to work. 
I'm looking for a way around this since I want to upgrade my dual 500 G drives with dual 1 TB drives also. Maybe they throw something onto the boot sector that tells the MyBook controller what to do, who knows? The search goes on. 
db

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

mbase213
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SOURCE: Notebook does not recognize My Book / Western Digital hard drive

Hi,

Hi,Either the drive itself failed or you did not stop your external hard drive safely in your PC or Macintosh before unplugging either the power or data cable.

Solution 1: Determine if the drive itself has failed
For purposes of testing, connect the power adapter directly to the wall. If you do not hear or feel the drive spin up when you connect the power, the drive will need to be replaced. If the drive spins up, but nothing shows up in My Computer or in Disk Management, change the USB cable and connect the new one to another port on your Computer. If it still doesn't show up in Disk Management, try the drive on another PC to see if it shows up on that computer. If that computer still does not detect the drive by showing you the system tray icon or by listing the drive in the Device Manager after you plug in the drive, the drive is bad and needs to be replaced.
If you require data recovery services on your failed drive, here's a list of authorized preferred data recovery partners
If you find that you do need to replace your drive, see How can I replace a product under warranty?


Now!
Solution 2: Determine if the drive can be used again
If the computer does detect the drive, you can test the drive by using Windows Data Lifeguard Diagnostics. For more information on how to use the software to test the drive, please see How to test a drive for problems using Windows Data Lifeguard Diagnostics
If the software reports an error for the drive, please see Data Lifeguard Tools 11 Error Codes for a list of error codes and what they mean.

If the software shows no errors for the drive, and you do not wish to send the drive for data recovery, you can partition and format the drive so you can use it again.

For Windows XP please see How to partition and format your hard drive (from unused space) for use in Windows XP or Server 2003

IMPORTANT: To avoid corrupting or losing the data on your external hard drive you should always shut down the drive correctly before you disconnect the data cable from the drive or computer, or the power connection from the drive or the wall outlet.

Good Luck

Mark

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: western digital passport 160gb external ( device not recognize

As you did not specify 2.5" or 3.5" I will give you both sets of steps:

If it is a full sized hard drive and requires power, it may not be getting enough power, have the AC adapter tested at a computer shop. If it is dead/dying replace it, if not move onto the next step.

Try a new usb cable, also available at most computer shops. If the new cable works at the shop try your old cable as well. If the old one doesn't work, buy the new cable, problem solved if it does work the problem is either in the caddy or your computer.

Assuming it's in the caddy, now have the people at the shop swap the HDD from your shell into a new one and test the drive again, as with the above if it works you're done. If it doesn't the problem is internal to the actual HDD. Time to buy a new external drive and send the old one for recovery if it has any crucial data on it.

Let me know how you make out and if needed I will provide additional steps. Also if you need data recovery help let me know your region and city and I will recommend an appropriate facility.


Chris

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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