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I have a Western Digital My Passport Essential and I am trying to get this thing to work. Can anyone show me how to make it a HDD and not a CD? I cannot find where to store things. I need to format maybe? Can you help? I dont want crazy instructions. I want to know if there is an easy way to access this and use it as a portable hard drive. nothing more. thanks

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Since you have a Western Digital My Passport Essential, this is a very easy to use portable hard drive, you just simply connect it to your computer via USB port then once its recognized by your computer, Just double click Mycomputer icon there it should be there and by default the unit is formatted by the manufacturer so no need to format it. Once you open it from my computer you can now transfer file to it that you can to back up.

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  • Robert Dressler Jun 02, 2010

    doesnt work. format is not an option. When it comes up in the my computer area, the thing comes up as 614mb is size and as a damn CD. wtf. Any idea how else to actually format this damn thing?

  • Mark Gil
    Mark Gil Jun 02, 2010

    Ok try this one , Right click Mycomputer then go to Manage, Then under Computer Management click on Disk Management, then check if the Western Digital is listed there if its there, right click and select format. But if not disconnect the drive and connect it on different USB port and restart the computer.

  • Robert Dressler Jun 02, 2010

    ok, well the format option is grayed out. so i need to restart the computer?

  • Mark Gil
    Mark Gil Jun 02, 2010

    yes unplug it and then plug it on different USB port and restart the computer.

  • Robert Dressler Jun 02, 2010

    ill let you know in a minute. then go to my computer and try the format again? Is there anything I can do if this does not work? I have vista. i dont think it matters. but thought you may need to know. thanks

  • Mark Gil
    Mark Gil Jun 02, 2010

    if still not working, unplug the drive from the computer then check if its still showing under mycomputer so we can really see if that is the Cd drive that is showing there.

  • Robert Dressler Jun 02, 2010

    thanks, i am in the process of formatting. taking years. hope it works. Should it connect each time now? or may i have to redo this silly process? thanks alot

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