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WD Passport 500G Connects but doesn't show up in Disk Mgmt

I am having trouble with a Western Digital 500G Passport External hard drive. When I connect to the computer, the light goes on, fan on, there is a noise indicating connection and a bubble that pops up recognizing the drive on the computer. Howefver, I am unable to find/open the drive in "my computer" or disk management and I can't access any of my data. I tried using different cables and connecting to different computers. The drive does not show up in Disk Management or on WD's "Data Lifeguard" software, but the drive does turn on, connect, and it does show up under "Device Manager".

Is there any way for me to access/recover my data?

Thank you for your time and help!

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You need to have the WD Sync program on your computer; you can get it from your WD Passport, or, over the Internet. Once you have the software on your computer, you can synchronize. WARNING: Do not think that theyourWD Passport, using the WD Sync software, is a
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you may have a FAT32/NTFS format problem between your wd500 and your pc. or differently formatted partitions. right click on their device letters on 'my computer' and look at 'properties'. should tell you how they're formatted and # of partitions, etc.
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You've tried different USB cables; so, that cannot be the problem.

You've tried connecting to different computers; so, the problem is _not_ your computer.

What's left is "inside" the case:
* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter,
* the disk-drive.

Open the case, and remove the disk-drive, and connect it as a "slave" drive to some computer.
If it is detected, then the USB-to-disk-drive adapter that has failed.
If it not detected, then the disk-drive itself has failed.

FInd the serial-number on the Western Digital disk-drive, and enter it onto Western Digital's web-site, on the "check-warranty" page. If it's older than 3 years, the warranty probably has expired, unless you were "lucky" and got a 5-year warranty.

Western Digital has a "Customer Loyalty" program -- just buy a new Passport through their web-site, and cite the serial-number, and you'll get a significant discount on _their_ price (could be higher than your local retail computer-store) for a new (probably larger) Passport.

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