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How to copy progams , files etc from computer to My Passport Essential? I will like to koww how to use my external hard drive.

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Once it's plugged in to your computer and Windows sees it, open explorer and open the new drive you see, e: or f: or something like that. All you have to do is right click on the files you want and select copy, go to the new drive, and right click and choose paste.

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Device says it is working but cannot access any files to see if it has copied any why?


The external drive is probably bad. Try using a different usb port. Also try connecting it to another computer.

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What are the step by step instructions for transferring photos from my computer to my passport essential se. my computer has windows xp


Hi Welcome to FixYa!
Just simply follow the steps for you to be able to transfer files from your computer into your external hdd.
1)Right Click on the folder where your photos are located.
2)Click Send to, then select the appropriate drive for your passport essential.
3)It will now copy those files onto your external hard drive which is the Passport Essential.
Hope this could be a big help!

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When I plug in my WD My Passport drive I am asked to format it. I can read any files


Try running a scan disk and/or defrag it and see if it helps. If not, maybe you can trying copying all the files to another drive and then format your passport drive. After that, copy everything back to the drive and work normally with it.
Hope that helps!

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Western Digital My Passport Essential SE External USB 2.0 Portable Black 720GB Hard Drive too slow..


Try plugging it into a high speed usb port, formating it with the size of your files in mind, so for instance if you have lots of big files, raise the allocation file size and visa versa, otherwise buy a faster one.

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How to transfer movies from dvds to my western digital passport essential


Assuming you have a DVD drive and your HD is already set up, all you have to do is insert the DVD, open "My Computer", open the DVD drive folder and copy the files inside it to your HD folder. If you have trouble playing the video, download the VLC player, it plays almost anything, if you still have trouble, right click on the video folder and click play with VLC player.

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My computer has 2 drives (C and D). My WD Passport will recognize and backup the C drive, but it won't backup the D drive. It doesn't split the files into pictures/video/etc like it does with the C, and...


Well, you don't have to use WD's software...you can better backup software like Acronis..you can back any files you want, or, the whole computer with installed programs, operating system and all. Are you using WD software, or windows? You can just select the files you want to copy from the drive in Windows, and just copy them to the drive, you don't have to use WD software.

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I am using the passport essential 500gb on my macbook pro. I dont use time machine...i just backup files manually. I tried to transfer an item to the passport and it told me that it couldnt be moved...


i almost have the same problem, i bought the
Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GBfrom a week ago and i left the drve connected to the laptop and copying data from an old WD drive and after couple of hours i found an error appearing.......then i clecked okay and restarted the laptop and from then my
Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GBdoesn't appear in my computer drive list nor in the device manager.
i just cut my precious data from the other drive.

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I got a 500 western digitial passport. I have NO idea what it is for or how to use it? It has a usp port on it to plug into comuter, but where do I go then with it and what does it do?


When you connect the Waetern Digital USB hard drive into the USB port of your computer, the computer will detect it as an external hard drive. You treat it just like any hard drive on your computer. You can create folders and copy files to and from this external hard drive.
The main use for these drives is to back up your data that is stored on your computer's hard drive/s so if the computer's hard drive fails you still have a backup of your data files etc.
You can also use the drive to copy files to the external hard drive and take it with you to another computer (a friend's) to download files or copy files to their computer.
The files can be anything, movie, music, photos, etc.

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You can use it as storage if you would like. You can also delete files once they are put on the passport. When it is connected to the computer open my computer and it will be listed there. You can use it as storage by copying files into this way rather than syncing it. Syncing it could cause you to lose files.

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