Question about Western Digital Elements (WDE1U4000N) 400 GB USB Hard Drive
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Usually if this happens it's either a dead AC adapter or a failed circuit board inside. If you have nothing crucial on the drive take it back to the store you bought it from or contact Western Digital for warranty.
If you do have crucial files and don't want to loose them by simply warrantying the drive, take it to your local PC store and void your warranty by having the techs there move you hard drive into a new enclosure for testing. If it works in the new enclosure buy it and be on your way. If it doesn't your problems are more severe and will require some specialized assistance from a Data Recovery Pro. If this is the case ask the techs to place the HDD in a anti-static bag then reply to me with your Country, State, City and I will refer you to a nearby Pro who can access your files and save them for you.
Hope this helps FixYa,
Posted on Aug 19, 2009
OK Where did the files on the drive come from if you can't write to it?
I'm suspecting that It's come from a PC and the disk is formatted NTFS.
Macs can read the NTFS but cannot write to it. They can read and write to FAT and other DOS formats.
If you are only going to use it on your Mac then you will have to reformat the drive.
First, copy every file you need to keep onto your HD (if you have room) then use Disk Utility (in the Utilities Folder) to erase and refomat as Mac OS Extended (Journalled).
Then copy all your files back on
If you need to use the drive on both Mac and Windows use the MS_DOS (FAT) option.
Posted on Oct 17, 2009
You can use a pc formatted drive with a mac but to format it as a mac drive go to applications then into utilities then go disk utility. Once opened in the left hand side choose your hard drive on the right hand side you will see buttons "First Aid", "Erase", "RAID and "Restore". Click on Erase under volume format choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then name your hard drive and then click the erase button down below the name box. Hope this helps
Posted on Jul 06, 2010
According to the Western Digital support page the drive will need reformatting for use with MacOS X Leopard (10.5). The relevant page is here http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/search/1/a_id/5730#
There is a direct link to the WD Mac update here http://community.wdc.com/t5/News-Announcements/Software-Update-Mac-WD-SmartWare-Updater-Version-1-3-3-8-6-14-11/m-p/206306#M181
Posted on Jul 11, 2011
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