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Re: Red light on WD hard drive

What did you do? I need to get the data off of it.

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SOURCE: WD Passport Drive Lights Up But Compu Does Not Find the Drive

Does your drive make any unusual sounds like any of these: http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php ?
If yes then you got a problem - it's something mechanical with the heads.
If it sounds normal or doesn't spin up at all - try to connect it to another computer and if still no go - remove the internal drive from enclosure and connect directly to PC via SATA port.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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SOURCE: My WD 2T external My Book hard drive is not working

You will need to try formatting the drive. You can do this from the drive management section on the Mac.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Wiping WD hard drive

I suggest that you use Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN")application to completely Esare the Hard Drive. It is a freeware application.

Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

For detail visit:

http://www.dban.org/


Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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SOURCE: I need to know how to unintall all the data on my

Plug your hard drive into your computer
For Windows- 1. Right click on my computer and select manage 2. Click on disk management 3. Choose the drive you want to reformat (Should have some form of Western Digital in it) 4. Reformat
For Mac- 1. Search for disk utility 2. Select disk you want to reformat 3. Reformat

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I am not able to connect my passport to my pc..lead light is steady n it showing in my pc like device is malfuctioned....wht to do ,,plz help asap


Try each of these methods step by step if solved in any step get backup ASAP
the good news is: if the LED is ON you may have a chance

1.Use Minimal cord, detach all other USB's, check your power2.Turn off power options3.Try Restarting your system4.Carefully Try system restore3.Download & update Firmware software from WD website4.You may need to Install SmartWare_Windows_Upgrader first5.In any step if the hard drive was recognized back up your data immediately6.if none of above You will need experts having PC3000 to get your data back
the bad news is that: if the LED is OFF or PC3000 doesn't recognize your hard drive you may need a new exactly the same hard drive with the same SN to replace it's board to get your data back.

unlike other brands which use laptop hard drives, that can be plugged into a PC directly, WD uses it's own board with access services on the hard and if the board is damaged you may have a serious problem.


this is a problem I have been through.
unfortunately the "lovely WD my passport" is Totally Not Reliable and you can not count on it.

May 01, 2012 | Western Digital My Passport Essential...

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External WD 1TB. I cannot retrieve my files it says Parameter is incorrect when that is gone It shows there are no files on my HD and there are plenty of files all psd files as well


I'm sorry to say that this may be due to a corrupt HDD. WD Hard drives tend to die far too fast (I know too well unfortunately).
If this is under warranty, I would call up WD support service for a free replacement.
If you want to take more invasive steps, I will be happy to help you try and recover your files.

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My WD Passport sounds like a machine running, but my computer doesn't recognise it. I also do not see the lights at the insertion site. Please help, Thanks, Naveen


The lights signal data transfer so no lights = no transfer. It's clear that the hard disk inside your Passport has failed and, since it can't be repaired, all the data was lost and the unit is dead.
Buy a new one.

Dec 11, 2010 | Western Digital WD Passport 250GB Portable...

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My WD wants to install syn software. None of the files look like the files originally pulled for backup. My hard drive crashed and I need to restore to a new Hard drive - what do I do?


When you connect the drive, ignore the sync option. Do note in your "my computer" WD will have two drive letters (one is a read only drive) that contains the sync software. The other drive letter will be where you data is stored. If you used the sync software to backup your files; you need to install to get your data back. If you simply copied your data from one drive to another; the files should be there in their original form.

Oct 18, 2010 | Western Digital WD Passport 250GB Portable...

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My external hard drive quit working. The light on


Its is normally tough to make external hard drive work after they stop working. Mostly you wont be able to retrieve the data. You might need to go to a specialist for that and it would cost you some bucks.

Feb 12, 2010 | Hard Drives

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My WD external hard drive stopped working


wd external hard drive making ticking noise and seem to have lost all my photos and music

Dec 17, 2009 | Western Digital Hard Drives

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How to recover WD passport250 Data


hi...if you want to see again the files on the external hard drive i suggest you make to re-install the windows or repairs the windows you`re using or try to update the mother board drivers..thank you...^_^

May 09, 2009 | Hard Drives

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My External Hard drive is not recognized and makes sound


Have you tried connecting your external to some other computer or OS, will the same problem occur?

Well, in thiscase the MOST effective way is to try some so-called data recovery software to see if you can find some data back. Recommend you have a try of Wondershare Data Recovery. Get the program from its site.
data recovery (for Windows OS)
Mac data recovery (for Mac OS X)

Good luck. I hope that my reply has shed some light on the problem! Remember - Always make Backups of your precious data!

Feb 02, 2009 | Hard Drives

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WD 120 Gig HD


There is usually only one light on the drive, which indicates that data is being read or written when the light is light.

Jun 17, 2008 | Western Digital (WDXB1200BBRNN) 120 GB...

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How do i make all the finals on my wd 500gig not read only so i can write to the folders


How this WD hard drive protects your data:Data Lifeguard™ is an exclusive set of data protection features, including shock protection, an environmental protection system and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates, and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.
Data Lifeguard Tools™ are software utilities designed for WD hard drives that work with the embedded Data Lifeguard features to make hard drive installation,diagnostics and repair both simple and worry-free. (Download Data Lifeguard Tools). So download the Data lifeguard tool and try it out

Dec 02, 2007 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

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