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WD “Green” HD causes few-seconds lockups after wake from sleep - how to disable auto-shutdown?

My desktop has a non-OS drive D: 2000MB WD Green (model WD20EARS-00MVWB0, firmware version 51.0AB51). After the computer boots / wakes from sleep, in the first time I access D: drive, the program ...
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External Hard drive not accessible [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover harddrive data I've got a WD 500GB external hard drive. I've been using it for over a year now but suddenly ran into this problem where neither Windows 7, nor ...
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Load/Unload Cycle of a Hard Drive

Hard Drive Information: Make: Western Digital Model Number: WD5000BPKT What the non-computer-fellas call it: Western Digital Scorpio Black Age: About 2 to 3 months old. Power On Hours: 127 ...
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Configure western digital essential 3TB to work with boxee box

I have a new western digital "my book elements" 3TB external harddrive. When I plug it in via USB to my boxee box it is not recognized. Based on feedback from boxee forums I have tried: GPT ...
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Western Digitial My Book: Can't access the data on the drive

My girlfriend has this external hard drive by Western Digital called a My Book. When the external drive is connected, it does not show it as an accessible disk drive on the computer. However, it ...
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Used HDD/ran DiskSmartView/40,000 Power-on-hours?? should i trust it w/ my data, or take it back and complain? [closed]

I just bought a used hard drive from a University Surplus Store. Decided to run DiskSmartView to make sure it wasn't ready to fail. 40,000 power-on-hours I don't know if I feel like trusting my ...
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Mapping Western Digital My book World Edition whitelight

I have a WD Worldbook Whitelight, behind a DDNS configured router, with 443 and 22 ports forwarded. Share folders on Worldbook are protected with username and password. While I can access my ...
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Repair BAD Sectors or Buy a new HDD? [closed]

I have a Seagate internal hard disk drive. I recently opened up my laptop [Dell Inspiron N5010] [Warranty has expired], cleaned it and it worked normally after waking up from hibernation. However, ...
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3TB WD30EZRX is only recognized as an 1.8TB Disk - GPT formatted, UEFI-System - what can I do?

Searched through the net for about 3h now, tested anything that seemed promising - but still no 3TB! And I don't mean no 3TB partition - the drive is actually detected as 1.8TB by various programs! ...
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Any way to recover wdcompass.exe for Western Digital Windows To Go Drives?

I'm trying to test Windows To Go, and am using a My Passport Enterprise drive. I did not see Western Digital's instructions, where they specifically mention running a WDCompass.exe before applying ...
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WD Caviar Green Extremely Slow

I am encountering a really weird problem on my WD Caviar Green HDD. Well first of all I have 2 HDDs on my Desktop, one 160GB Seagate holding my Win7 Ultimate x64 and the problematic one, WD 1.5 Caviar ...
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My Portable Hard Drive with USB3 didn't work when connected to My Laptop, but it working with USB2 properly

I have Western Digital My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive with USB3 and Model:WDBACY5000ABK-EESN. Until about two or three months ago when I connected that to My Laptop USB3 port, that worked ...
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Moving files from one share to another

I'm trying to move all the files on my Western Digital "My Book World" from the "Public" share to a new "Files" share I created. When I tried moving them over the network, the system thought that they ...
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Can the data on my hard drive be affected by being stored next to tape cassettes?

I stored my portable external hard drives next to some tape cassettes. I believe hard drives are meant to last an average of five years but some of my files which were perfectly fine before became ...
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Recovering damaged external hard disk by installing internally

I had a 1TB Western Digital (My book series) 3.5" USB3. One day, the SATA to USB3 converter board was damaged and has not worked since. I decided to open the cover and use the HDD as an internal ...
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How to see whether my HDD is “advanced format”-capable and if yes, what to modify?

I have a WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2-type hard disk drive: Western Digital Caviar Black, 500 GB SATA-2 with 32MiB cache. I have came across this Advanced Format, and I am not entirely sure whether my hard ...
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WD Elements Desktop External - Not recognised on a single computer

My WD Elements Desktop External is no longer recognised on my main computer. It has worked fine in the past, but now all of a sudden is not detected. It does not prompt when plugged in, nor does it ...
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Mac Finder: WD My Passport won't mount

I really need your help. I have a WD My Passport 650GB (with Firewire and USB). I'm using it for almost a year now and it always worked fine. While underway I simply plug it in via Firewire - at home ...
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Reading SMART Data - possible drive failure?

First time trying to make heads and tails out of this. I just wonder if the drive is bad on this server? Just things seem so slow when compiling and running simple tasks(things hang). Like the load ...
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What are the main differences between the Western Digital “My Passport,” “My Passport Essential,” and “My Passport Studio” external hard drives?

My goal is to buy a 2TB external portable drive for use with my current MacBook Pro (Mid-2007) and for use with my next Mac (hopefully the rumored 15" MacBook Air). I'm planning to buy a Western ...
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WD Caviar Green: Different RPMs, RAID5 suitable?

Currently I have a 3Ware 9500S-12 with two Caviar Green 1TB disks in RAID1. This isn't enough space, so I want to buy another two disks and run a RAID5. This isn't mission-critical (my media server, ...
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WD Disk. Boot disk for patching bad sectors?

Is there an ideal boot disk that can be used to patch bad sectors on a drive from a live USB stick? Have feeling this drive is messing up and want to patch it before things get worse on them.
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Western Digital Passport Unlock locks again when it sleeps

My Western Digital Passport is password protected and whenever the drive goes back to sleep (or after a unknown period of time) the drive is locked again; as in I need to enter the password again to ...
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Western Digital external drive issues

I recently bought an external drive from Western Digital, a My Passport Essential se 1TB drive; the smartware software continually says "discovering" and does not stop. On Windows, the operating ...
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USB3.0 external drive, large wait on read after an idle period

Just wondered is the 5sec+ delay on reading my 1TiB external WD USB3.0 drive after a period of idleness? Is this unique to SuperSpeed type USB or does all external USB drives have this delay before ...
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Western digital HD WD5000AAJS keeps suspending

I have a 500Gb Western Digital HD WD5000AAJS (ZZYFA0) which keeps to suspend very frequently. When I access it after a couple of minutes I need to wait for it to spin up again. I'm using Win7 ...
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What are these folders created on my Western Digital 2TB Mirror? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Updates Folders (With Strange Names) in C drive On my external hard drive "Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition 2TB USB 2.0 (WDH2U20000N)", there are lots of ...
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How can I break or get around the encryption on my WD My Book Essential (Smartware)?

I have a WD Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB Hard Drive which comes with WD Smartware software. I had put a password in it without a hint and now I have lost the password. This hard drive use 256 ...
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WD “My Book Studio” 2TB - rpm? [closed]

The rpm rating of this drive doesn't seem to be listed anywhere. Not on the box, not in the manual, not online, not even on Western Digital's website. I even called them but they were evasive, ...
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WD Velociraptor with no heat sink/mounting bracket

I've been considering a Mac Mini or other small form-factor computer for some lightweight server/tinkering with HPC related tasks. There's some benefit to having a faster drive in the system, but most ...
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WD SmartWare Drive Unlock, Western Digital?

I bought a 1TB Western Digital (USB3) some days ago. I was using it without any problems, but now whenever I attach it to my laptop USB, the following window up and I can't use it at all. The Drive ...
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How to format External Western Digital hard disk when all NTFS boot sectors cannot be written to

I want to format my external hard drive which is a Western Digital 500GB, through cmd dos command. But it fails because all NTFS boot sectors are not writable. Here are the commands I gave and what I ...
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My hard drive is slow and just gets slower during copy processes

Today I purchased a brand new backup hard drive (2tb Western Digital Elements, USB 2.0) and when I copy files to it from my laptop (Toshiba Satellite l300 with 7200rpm Western Digital Black 500GB HDD) ...
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WesternDigital SmartWare - still problematic?

I've seen a lot of bad press on WD SmartWare (I think it comes on most WD backup devices now, such as their MyBook product line), mostly related to how it's impossible to remove properly or replace. ...
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How do I get the Smartware tools working on the HDD itself?

WD My Passport 0740 - WD Smartware I'm posting because I have a problem with the Smartware that was IN the HDD. A friend of mine accidentally deleted the folder Smartware (that I created and placed ...
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Reading or writing with a 4 WD5000AADS drive RAID 5 array drops to 0 speed

Edit, 10/31: Crash-- complete system lockup. Booted computer, had strange lag for visiting ANY webpage in Chrome.. Figured that either a network problem existed, or Chrome could not write to disk ...
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Format NTFS external drive to OSX

Is there anyway of converting an external drive which is NTFS to OSX...I don't want to be able to write to NTFS from my Mac, I want to format the drive and use it as if its made for OSX in OSX format. ...
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Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH and 3TB WD My Book Essential

I have a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH and a 3TB Western Digital MyBook Essential that I wish to use as a NAS, I have formatted the drive with a single XFS partition, but when I plug it into the router the ...
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Bootable Clone Hard Disk Drive Utility [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I easily copy or clone a Windows boot partition onto a new hard drive? My computer's 1TB hard drive failed not too long ago and I got a replacement from Western ...
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WD20EARS 2TB Compatibility Issues

I have a system that runs the Asus P5Q Pro mother board and I recently added the 2TB WD Green HDD (WD20EARS). I formatted it NTFS with MBR. The system has been running for a week now without any ...
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Disable External Wester Digital MyBook from spinning Down

I have this external hard drive for my cloud; and it constantly spins down. I do want it to do so. How do I disable this at the hardware level? I am able to disable this on my seagate drives at the ...
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WD S.M.A.R.T errors - can claim RMA?

Last time I replaced another WD HDD, because of Re-allocated Sector Count, which I guess means bad sector. This time I have 2 other WD drives and HD Tune software shows warnings on Re-allocated Sector ...
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Hard drive, CPU, or other issue?

It seems my computer has crashed but not sure what the problem is. I have an HP Pavillion p6310f with Windows 7 home edition. I bought it less than 2 years ago. 6GB RAM, 1TB Western Digital (green ...
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How much power does a Western Digital Passport Essential SE require?

I have looked at the Western Digital website for my product (WDBACX0010BBK) and cannot find how much power the device requires. The device is not recognized when I plug it into my keyboard's USB hub. ...
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Why do I have to “align” the partitions on my new Western Digital hard drive?

I just got a new 1 TB hard drive (WD10EARS) and it says if I want to use more than 1 large partition I must download the Acronis WD Align software to "align" the partitions. I tried just creating the ...
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Windows 7 setup doesn't see hard drive

I have a blank hard drive which I am trying to install Windows 7 on. The BIOS can see the drive is connected but when I go through the Windows setup it doesn't detect the drive. If I load my other ...
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USB drive: “Media is write protected” on initialize after drive swap WD MyBook Essentials

I got a WD MyBook Essentials the other day but after a week or so the drive physically broke. I tried opening the case and replacing the drive with another SATA WD drive I had lying around. This ...
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My Book Essential 3.0 RPM

I just bought a WD My Book Essential 3.0 with 1TB and USB 3.0. The code for the product is WDBACW0010HBK. How can I find out what RPM it has? There is no mention in the manual and the official site ...
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How to disable S.M.A.R.T. warnings at computer startup?

My computer recently presented me with a possibility that my hard drive is about to fail. On further investigation I found out that it was a S.M.A.R.T. status failure. I've got a WD hard drive, so I ...
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Western Digital external drive set to read only?

I have a Western Digital Passport drive which I bought for using with my Windows Vista machine - however I now use it with OS X, but for some reason I cannot delete files off the drive. When I GetInfo ...