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Thanks, George Just two things. 1. Where do I find the information regarding the correct size of the casing. And 2. What would happen if I "initialized" the  external HD by hitting that option on the error message? Thanks, Abrum

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  • abrum Jul 19, 2008

    OUTSTANDING, KNOWLEDGEABLE EXPERT! MANY THANKS!!!
    Abrum

  • abrum Jul 21, 2008

    Hi George.  Well, the odds were against me. It turns out it wasn't the case on my HD Acomdata backup HD afterall. Got a new one (made by Rocketfish) and my computer (MAC G5) still says this computer doesn't recognize inserted disc. So, I tried disc firstaid and it came back the  source disc needs to be repaired. Stuck in mud, Abrum

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The Hard drive in your case is either 2.5" or 3.5". You will be able to tell right away. My next suggestion is to bring the actual hard drive with you to circuit city, or best buy and have an associate confirm which case will meet your needs. Do not skimp on your case either. There is a reseon some cases are more expensive than others and the main one is the quality of the components and their durability.
In the inoperative state of the controller initializing will have no effect on your data. Even if you formatted the disk your information would still be there and I have software that could restore your data even in that most of extreme cases.

Any other question feel free as usual, I'm online until midnight tonight. Don't forget to rate me. Half the people don't even appreciate my help enough to click a button.

Talk to you soon.
George

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    George Kohler Jul 21, 2008

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Hi, the USB connection on the hard drive has come loose, how do I fix this? Do I need a new case or housing? Thanks


Yes sir it can, and your first conclusion was correct. The external enclosure itself is replaced.

There are two types of harddrives used at present. The old technology of IDE (PATA), and the newer technology of SATA.

You have a 2TeraByte Western Digital harddrive. (2.0TB)
Due to it's size I know it uses the SATA technology.

However look on the harddrive's label, and see if it states SATA, or look up the manufacturer code on the label, on the internet.

Example; WD2500BEVS
Western Digital harddrive that is 250GB in size, and uses the SATA technology.

Harddrives also come in two main sizes.
Laptop computer harddrives are 2.5 inches across in width.
2-1/2 Inches.
Desktop computer harddrives are 3.5 inches across in width.
3-1/2 inches.

From the camera views I can see it is a desktop size harddrive.

So,
1) SATA
2) Desktop size harddrive - 3.5

If the above holds true you need a 3.5 SATA external enclosure.
This is but one example,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3672394&CatId=2780

The external enclosure has the small interface circuit board, with the USB cable attached to it.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 31, 2012 | Hard Drives

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My WD Book was spinning and clicking constantly, so i unplugged the USB and the power source from my laptop. After plugging back in, it is no longer recognized on My Computer -- I've rebooted 2x. My...


Let's hope the spinning and clicking was caused by a bad circuit board in the WD Book, and not the Harddrive inside it.

To explain;
Inside the plastic external enclosure (Case) of the WD MyBook is an ordinary harddrive as used in a laptop, or desktop computer.

There is a small circuit board inside the case, that the harddrive plugs into. (Or there are wires from the small circuit board, to the harddrive)

The other end of the circuit board, has a USB cable attached to it.
The circuit board is an Interface Board.

It is this small interface circuit board that USUALLY goes out.
Harddrives are pretty tough, but they are a mechanical device, and are rated in hours of usage. They can fail.

What I would suggest is to buy an economical external enclosure.
Has the circuit board, USB cable, and everything needed, just needs the Harddrive.

Installing is easy. There are instructions included.

Now we come to the technical portion.
What size harddrive is it, and what technology does it use?

Size:
1) There are two sizes of Harddrives. They are measured across the Width.

A 2.5 inch harddrive is a laptop size harddrive.
(2 and a half inches across in width)

A 3.5 inch harddrive is a desktop size harddrive.

Once you open the WD MyBook case, and measure, you will know.
Pretty easy.
Technology:
Looking at the harddrives label, will tell you if it is an IDE (PATA) model, or a SATA model.

If no nomenclature is readily apparent looking at the label, there will be a model number on the label.
Put the model number in your search bar.

Example:
WD2500BEVT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136387

250GB SATA harddrive. Also is a laptop size harddrive.
(2.5)

If you cannot find the information, just post the Model Number in a Comment, and I'll find out.

Example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

Example of a 3.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

Example of a 2.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1086960&CatId=2781

Example of a 3.5 IDE (PATA) enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1337265&CatId=2779

The information on how to open a WD MyBook case, is not something the external harddrive manufacturer states.
For this we'll have to rely on videos that are made,

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlySnyJ0CQ

There are also other related videos to the right.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 09, 2011 | Hard Drives

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I have plugged my lap top power into 'my book' and yes I have cooked a component on the PSB card, is the car repairable or can it be replaced?


It would be better to remove the harddrive inside the WD My Book, and install it into an economical external enclosure.
Suggest you forget trying to repair the interface circuit board inside.

If I am all wrong, and have misread your problem, please state in a Comment.

If I am correct so far, and if memory serves, the harddrive inside is a SATA model.
I don't know however if it is a laptop sized harddrive, or a desktop sized harddrive.

A laptop sized harddrive is 2-1/2 inches across in width. (2.5 inches)
A desktop harddrive is 3-1/2 inches across in width. (3.5 inches)

Once you open the case you will know.

By using an economical external enclosure you will have a external harddrive again.

This is one example of an economical 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

This is one example of an economical 3.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

This is information that may help in opening the WD's case, and extracting the harddrive,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlySnyJ0CQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_2oMyoTBno&feature=related

{TIP: DO NOT work directly on a carpet floor! It is a high area of Static electricity. Work on a table}

There are other videos related to this on the right side under the Suggestions heading.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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WD 500G HDD suddenly un-readable; changed name to local disk, says I need to format in order to use it. I have tons of important stuff on there.


Could you confirm if the problem with the drive not being recognized is a problem with the USB cable? I have a 250GB passport and it worked fine with my XP. Once I decided to reformat it to NTFS and tried to do so by plugging into my new windows7 laptop the problems started.

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Compaq presario 900


1. back up

suggest you get yourself a USB hard drive, bigger than the size of all your important files. if you have 20GB of important files, get a external usb drive of atleast 60 or more I don't know if they actually sell that small drives anymore just make sure you have enought room.

2. get the the windows installation cd

with the windows installation cd you can format the hard drive in the setup


3. while in the xp setup

after the format you can install the windows on the computer again right away.

you may need to get drivers for your computer ones the windows is installed again.

you will need to find the correct model from the bottom of your laptop, and the drivers are available on this page

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/ProductList.jsp?locale=en_US&taskId=135&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=96426

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Cant download large files to my book


The controller board in Mybook might not support files over 4 gb. Check with the manufacturer if there are any new drivers for you product to solve your dilema. You could also just buy a cheap external case for the drive in the mybook and swap it out. None of the new cases have these limitations and you can get them online for less than 20 bucks. I like MAD Dog cases myself. I hope this helps you.
George

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Total size is not 80 GB IDE Hard Drive


Hi,

Two possible solutions but both calls for another software/utility.
1. Use FDISK but you should be booting and running in DOS mode;
2. the other is Partition Magic which runs under Windows environment.

The idea is to delete the existing partition (that shows only 31.50Gb) and thereafter re-partition to the full capacity of the drive. of course doing so would erase the contents. Further, a format after the re-partition is required.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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Ejecting of harddrive


Hi,

The only reason for the display "generic volume cannot eject now, try again later" is because it is still being accessed by your PC. This may be due to considerable large file size being transferred and/or being backed up, virus scan, a utility is still doing its work.

To answer your concerns:
1. Will there be a problem ...
Normally no, but yes it does happen. It happens when the actual physical removal of the USB connector(s) is not a continuous single motion.
2. How do you eject ... Shut down/power off your PC, once off remove and reboot.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Jan 12, 2008 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 120 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

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SAMSUNG IDE HDD SP0411N (40GB)


Hi,

Three possible reasons:
1. Your IDE cable is defective or is not seated/plug in correctly. Try to replace or re-seat/re-insert;
2. The on-board disk management of the hard disk is corrupted/defective. There is no remedy except to replace the PCboard or the entire hard disk;
3. Your motherboard BIOS/CMOS needs to be flashed and/or something is wrong with the IDE interface.

Of the 3, # 1 is the most common.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

good luck and kind regards.

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Cannot retrieve data from my 500G WD


Hi,

For your 2 queries:
1. The clicking sound is indicative of a hardware failure or the start of one. Considering having it fixed would simply be buying a bit of time and prolonging the inevitable.  The drive even when repaired tends to be suspect and would defeat its very purpose;

2. You can perform the reformat yourself. If the WD would show as a removable drive in your Windows Explorer, right clicking on the assigned drive letter would give you the option to Format it.

Alternately, it might be to your advantage to simply replace the WD. In some instances, it is also possible to just replace the actual HD inside the enclosure.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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