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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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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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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 ...
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WD My Book on Windows 7 disappears after a certain amount of time

Recently (<2 weeks) bought a WD My Book 2TB USB3 external HDD. After a seemingly random amount of time, when not in use, the drive will disappear. I have checked under computer management -> disk ...
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Hard-Drive Health Analysis - Western Digital Hard Drive (7200RPM, 320GB)

What is the best tool for determining the health of an internal hard drive? I have a Western Digital 320GB at 7200 RPM. The OS currently installed on it (a fresh install) is Windows 7 Professional ...
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I broke the USB port on my external HDD. How do I fix this?

I have a WD 1.5 TB External HD. I carelessly left the device plugged in, stepped off my bed, foot landed on the cord stuck in the USB port and now the USB port is broken. It's loose inside the ...
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My Western Digital 500GB Passport disk says “not formatted” when I plug it in Windows

When I plug my Western Digital 500 GB Passport disk in my Windows machine, it says "not formatted, do you want to format it" something. I started having this problem after I put it in an old desktop ...
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How to recover data after Low Level formatting of WD 500gb External HDD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover data loss from accidental quick format I have lost everything on my Passport WD 500gb HDD,and no,there was no back up done :( I've heard of people who have gone ...
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Cloning onto Western Digital Caviar Green

I am considering purchasing a pair of 2 TB WD Caviar Green disks to build a RAID-1 (using the integrated controller on my ASUS P6X58D-E). Currently, my system (Windows 7) is installed on a terminally ...
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3½" PATA Western Digital Caviar SE (250MB) makes steady ticking sound when idle

I've started to notice a ticking sound emanating from my WD2500JB. It is not alarmingly loud. The sound seems to occur only when the drive has been idle for some time, and will cease upon (some?) ...
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Western Digital My Book not recognized by WD software

A few years ago I bought a WD My Book Pro 2. It worked fine for a while, then one of the drives failed and I sent it back to be replaced under warranty. I never got around to setting up the new one ...
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repair/recovery tool for Western Digital Elements (1TB)

My Hard Disk Drive just got corrupted due to electricity fluctuation. When I plug my Western Digital Elements, It ask me if I want to format it or not... I can't see my files or even the capacity of ...
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What do I need to know to replace the PCB of my WD Caviar Green Hard Drive?

I have a dead 1.5 TB WD Caviar Green hard drive that I'd like to try to fix by replacing the drive's PCB. The drive was housed in an external enclosure. After a power cycle, neither the drive nor ...
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is Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic tool a reliable way to ensure a disk's trustworthiness?

I'm considering using a used drive (that was pulled from a desktop for being the suspect cause for data corruption) in a new (used) server. I ran WD's data life guard diagnostics on it and it passed ...
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External WD hard drive unrecognised and making odd noises (hum of death?)

My 500GB WD external HDD was working fine a few months ago, and I've just plugged it in again. It is now unrecognised by my OSX, Ubuntu and Windows boxes, and doesn't seem to spin up when connected. ...
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Western Digital hard drive now freezes my BIOS when loading the video card?

After I have successively and successfully installed 3 Windows XP's on the same partition (Don't ask why...), I restarted my computer again and the BIOS just froze when it loaded the video card. ...
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WD smartware 1tb drive Unlock

I have a drive where the usb on the chip broke and can not access the hard drive because of the smatware password.If i plug in hardrive I can re format, but how do i access the drive to recover my ...
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Why are most of 2TB hard disks released 5400 RPM?

Most of 1TB Hard disks run as 7200 RPM recently. But why 2TB is not? Few disks have a 7200 rpm specification. Is there a technical reason?
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Western Digital 1TB SATAII 64MB freezes or slows down my PC

My new PC frequently freezes every few seconds, or goes slow. Performance is under the typical speed. I'm sure this is not related to an infection after writing on Tom's Hardware Italy. Some kind ...
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Remote desktop disables eSATA drive (MyBook)

I'm running Windows 7 and I have a 1TB Western Digital MyBook drive attached via eSATA. Whenever I connect via remote desktop, the drive seems to disappear. If I login to the system locally and reboot ...
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Windows 7 Can't see harddrive, but Device Manager does…?

I just upgraded to Windows 7. I have an old western Digital Hard drive that is 120GB's of Data. I have everything that my life holds digitally dear on it. I can't find the Driver for it on Western ...
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Why get files changed when copied to external USB drive?

I connected an external USB drive to my computer. According to dmesg it is: scsi 4:0:0:0: Direct-Access DMI WD10EARS-00Y5B1 1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4 The case says its a Sharkoon Rapid Case ...
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my WD Mybook wd5000h0032 is DEAD?

i have a WD Mybook Premium (wd5000h032) it used to work just fine but suddenly i can't access to it. The blue lights turn on but the drive doesn't start, it makes no click, nor any other sound, it ...
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A little issue with a RAID setup

I have a Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 2TB external hard disk drive. Internally, it has two 1TB drives configured in a RAID setup. I recently purchased a Drobo and no longer want to use ...
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Recover USB HDD From Failed Firmware Upgrade

I just bought a brand new Western Digital "My Passport for Mac" I was running a firmware update on it (on a MacBook Pro) and it stalled out half way through. I let it sit overnight and in the morning ...
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2 x WD20EARS (2TB) Raid 1 via Windows 7

I'm planning on setting up a raid 1 for storing data. The drives are Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB drives. I will be using RAID 1 in Windows 7 Will i have any problems with the setup ? Is there ...
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Western Digital My Book 500 GB Hard drive not starting up

I have a hard drive that broke down. It's a Western Digital My Book 500 GB Hard drive. The data doesn't seem damaged but the head doesn't seem to catch on the drive so it won't start up. I need to ...
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2Tb HDD that doesn't have Load_Cycle_Count problem

I'm looking to get a qnap NAS and am looking for a couple of 2TB drives to put in it. I thought the decision would easy as the WD green WD15EARS looked rather good for the price but after a bit of ...
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WD External Drive, want to use a differnt hard drive in it

I have a WD MyBook 1TB external drive. I recently put the hard drive in my desktop and wanted to use the enclosure with other hard drives. I tried this and get driver errors. I am using Windows 7 Pro ...