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Western digital my book essential used with PS3

I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB Hard Drive for use with my PS3 as a media drive. However, when I plug the hard drive into a USB port, the PS3 does not recognize the drive. I have already hidden the VCD that comes on the drive but it still does not work.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Western Digital 500GB My Book Essential won't start just clicks

sounds like your drive is failing
the clicking you hear is the read head bangin' on the disc - this is common with failing drives.

you can try removing the drive and install it as a slave in your PC and maybe you can get some data from it, assuming it is not completely dead.

thanks for rating.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

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SOURCE: HOW TO CHANGE 320GB SATA HDD TO 500GB SATA

Yes. The case doesn't care what size the drive is. The computer is just asking for the USB driver for the case. Check the WD site for the driver for the model of MyBook that you have. That should cover it.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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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: 1TB Western Digital External keeping system from booting up

You need to go into the BIOS of your computer and change the boot order of your computer.  Your computer must be set to boot from your main hard drive only.

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