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My WD My Book 500gb is connected, light is on, it shows in Device Manager, but not in My Computer, so I cannot access the drive... help!!

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Go to "My Computer" Right click and select "manage devices" Go to "drive manager" and you should see a list of drives (C: D: etc.) You may be prompted right away to "initialize" a new hard drive. You may have to do that to this drive for it to work. DO NOT format the drive if prompted. that will destroy any and all data on the drive. Once it is initialized for your computer; it should generate a new drive letter. If it doesn't, you can right click the bar; and give it a drive letter. See photo for example: My WD My Book 500gb is connected, light is on, it - jdavies255_1.png

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  • girlkitty79 Nov 06, 2010

    I've got XP, so your instructions aren't working... but I can get to Device Manager through My Computer properties, but when I right click on the drive, the options are Update Driver, Disable, Uninstall, Scan for Hardware Changes, and Properties. Under properties-general, device status is "working properly" however, under properties-volumes, everything is blank and when I click populate, the status is "unreadable" capacity 0% - that sounds bad. I found Computer Management (looks like the screen you put up), and the drive shows in the Device Manager list but DOES NOT show in the Disk Management list. This is not a good sign, is it?

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    Since you have xp; right click "my computer" and choose "manage" then, you will see a disk management screen (it's fairly similar) .

    Was there data on this drive prior? (You can try to format the drive) to allocate space if ... However, it's very common for the older passports to over-heat and the heads go bad etc.

    If it does not show up in that disk management list, it's not a great thing. Did it prompt you to initialize the disk?

    You can go to and download their software to test the drive too. Hope that helps further.

  • girlkitty79 Nov 06, 2010

    Yes, there's LOTS of data on it... I'll check the WD website. Thanks for your help!



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