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How can a 3TB HDD show its capacity as 2.72TiB when using MBR partitioning?

I recently purchased an external disk drive with 3 terabytes (2.72 TiB) of storage capacity. Now according to Wikipedia's article on MBR, the maximum addressable storage space on a disk formatted ...
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Western Digital My Passport doesn't show up on My Computer

As the title suggests, my WD external hard disk doesn't show up on My Computer in Windows 7. Yesterday it worked perfectly but today it doesn't. I plugged in the hard disk and the light is blinking ...
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Blue spinning circle next to folder on WD My Cloud, on MyBookLive

On my WD MyCloud of my MyBookLive, a blue spinning circle next to a folder has appeared and i don't know how to get rid of it. After i uploaded 2 tv seasons into the folder, a blue circle appeared ...
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WD external hard drive turns off

I've got an external hard drive (WD500BMVU) that was dropped and now does not mount anymore if I connect it to my Laptop (Mac). When I connect it with the USB cable, the LED light goes on, I hear the ...
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HDD Current_Pending_Sector attribute going up and down

I have Western Digital Caviar Black drive (model WD2002FAEX-007BA0). System is running Linux Mint 14. Filesystem on drive ext4. Recently I've got some i/o errors on one of the files. Then I've ...
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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 Digital Mybook is creating folders I didn't create

I have a WD MyBook which has been creating empty folders with a long string of numbers and alphabets and some shorter ones with just some numbers with a 0kb file in it Some of these can be deleted ...
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Wiping the WD my passport portable hard drive while keeping the default programs

I have had my portable hard drive for around 2 years now and so there is lots of stuff backed up on there that I have deleted on my internal hard drive. I was wondering if there was a way of ...
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Is the warranty period on a hard drive a reliable indicator of its expected service life? [closed]

I have a WesternDigital MyBook Essential 1TB back up drive. The warranty was up January 2013. Does that mean that failure is expected to be imminent and it needs to be replaced immediately?
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What do the numbers on Western Digital drives mean?

There are numerous numbers on a Western Digital drive, MDL (presumably model, ex WD5000BEKT-00KA9T0) -- not sure what the 99KA9T0 is. WWN (ex 50014EE25AC8C945) DCM (ex HBNTJBBB) LBA (ex 976773168) ...
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Installing and booting Linux Deepin on external Hard drive

I have a external hard drive with 1TB of memory on it. My question is if I can install Linux Deepin on this hard drive, and then plug it into my computer and boot from the hard drive, while still ...
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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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Western Digital (WD) External Hard Drive 1 TB making loud whirring sounds, disconnecting on its own, overheating (?)?

I bought my 1 TB WD My Passport external drive 10 months ago. A few minutes ago, I heard a loud whirring sound. Louder than the usual (usual meaning the sound you hear when you put your ear on the ...
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Western Digital HDD disappears and reappears in BIOS

I know many people asked about similar problems, but I have a very specific case where I can't understand what's going on... I have a 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green disk connected in my Desktop, ...
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Would Western Digitals reduced power spinup jumper feature lower rpm speed and temps?

Ok guys, I have a question: Would Western Digitals reduced power spinup jumper feature lower rpm speed and temps? I have a mini pc and am seeing a little high for my liking temps on my wd scorpio ...
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WD External Hard Disk repeatedly making Clicking noise. Can I recover data? [duplicate]

My Western Digital External Hard Drive recently stopped working and started giving a clicking noise. Western Digital says that I need to send it to an authorized data recovery center for the warranty ...
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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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WD My passport is not detected by machine

already looked around and did couple of the tricks, didn't work. When I plug my WD my passport can't see it file explorer. However I do see it in "Device Manager" under "Disk Drivers". Tried update ...
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Can I use the controller of an external hard disk to connect a SSD to a USB port?

Can I use a 2.5" Intel SSD with the USB SATA adapter from a My Password external drive? The adapter looks like this: Has anyone tried it? Did it explode?
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Western Digital 1TB external hard drive could not be read

I have a problem with my external hard drive, I was copying a huge amount of data (approx 100 gigs) from it to another hard drive, suddenly an error popped up and told me that the operation could not ...
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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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Hard drive checking by using of dd and md5sum tools

I bought new external USB 3.0 hard drive WD Elements 2 TB and decided to check it by using dd, head and md5sum tools. First I zeroed all hard drive: root@yurko-laptop:/home/yurko-laptop# dd ...
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Wd caviar sata extra power cord or not

I have a WD caviar green. If I connect this to my motherboard then will I need another cable for power or do I just plug and play? I am running windows 7 64bit and have a Gigabyte 78lmt-usb3.
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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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Unable to access Public share on My Book Live NAS

We have a Western Digital My Book Live N.A.S. on the local network, it was mapped as a network drive and has worked great in the past. Recently the router reassigned some of the IPs and it couldn't ...
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Hard Drives and types — What makes them so different?

7200RPM WD Blacks are designed to be faster then WD Blues/Greens. They are the same speed, same cache, etc., what really makes them actually faster? Does it have to do with spin up/down speeds or ...
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Reallocation Event Count high threshold

I've bought recently a WD black, and I've made a SMART check on it, these are the values : http://prntscr.com/3t6szr The rellocation event count worries me. The HDD works pretty neat tho. Installed ...
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External Hard drive doesn't show up anywhere

I have already checked Device Manager and Disk Management already so please don't suggest those two. My problem right now is that my WD My Passport stopped being recognized one day out of the blue. It ...
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WD My Cloud very slow

I just bought a WD My Cloud 3 TB, connected it to my modem and connected 6 devices to it. Currently I am getting very slow response times, 0.5 - 3 seconds while browsing the files. (and it is empty) ...
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Trouble with use MyPassport HDD on VMware machines on Linux

I have a Western Digital My passport 1 TB with USB 3.0 and when I need to use it on my virtual Windows 7 on VMware 10.0.2 in the Ubuntu 14.04, Windows have error with know mypassport. How can I use ...
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My WD Caviar Green SATA HDD cannot be detected

I have a WD 2TB Caviar Green SATA HDD. I used it as an external hard drive formatted to FAT32. The main purpose was to store my PS3 games. It worked fine and all of a sudden my PS3 stopped detecting ...
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How to prevent WD MyBook Live Duo from going to sleep?

I have an issue of my WD MyBook Live Duo going into some kind of low power standby mode when it hasn't been accessed for awhile. When I try accessing the drive it takes a minute or two to become ...
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CHKDSK stuck on USN Journal

I ran a chkdsk on my failing 3TB WD Green and it's been 18 hours since it ran. It's now frozen on verifying the USN journal. See picture: Seeing as it's frozen, can I unplug my hard drive?
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WD My Passport External HD stuck at Formatting

My WD My Passport 1TB stopped working all of a sudden. I just got it 3 months ago. The computer recognizes the hard drive and when I went to Disk Management the file system says RAW. The light just ...
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Windows 7 doesn't see my 2TB partition created in Windows XP

I connected a new HDD to my PC, to be used as media storage. Device: WD Green 3TB Drive (WD30EZRX). OS: Windows XP x32. I used "Acronis True Image WD Edition". It created 2TB partition with MBR, ...
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SMART: Brand new Western Digital hard-disk showing very high load cycle count

My brand new "WDC WD10EZRX" 1TB Green Hard-disk, SMART log is showing very high load cycle count and it keeps increasing at high rate. What should I do ? Please help me. Edit: Finally I got the ...
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Unable to access WD external drive

Basically the HDD started acting weird (couldnt access files on it) and event viewer was flooded with "bad block" reports. Now the HDD cant be accessed at all. It shows up in windows explorer when ...
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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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What is the Difference Between WD My Passport Esssentials and WD My Passport Ultra

I'm planning to buy a 2TB WD My passport but then, I'm curious what is the difference between the WD My Passport Essentials and Ultra? I already have a 1TB WD My Passport Essentials which I bought few ...
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Where is “WD SmartWare” stored on the drive?

My Western Digital external harddrive came with a (so-far useless) extra chunk of information (named WD Smartware) that mounts itself every time I plug in the external harddrive. I assumed it was ...
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Portable HD transfer speed decelerates to 0 KB

I have a western digital 2 TB portable HD. My laptop is running windows 8.1. I'm having trouble transferring files from on to the other. On occassion transferring files works fine but sometimes I see ...
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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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Opening Time-Machine OSX backup files on Windows 7?

Have Time Machine backups on a Western Digital External HD. The Time Machine backups were done on my now dead Mac G4 running OSX Leopard- I am waiting on a new iMac but in the meantime I need to ...
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How to make smartd shut up about one particular offline uncorrectable sector?

I have a disk in a two-disk software RAID-1 for which recently an "offline uncorrectable sector" appeared in the SMART status. 198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0030 200 200 000 Old_age ...
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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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1TB external hard disks - reliable or not?

I'm looking into finally getting a big external hard disk (will probably be usb-connectable) but I recently heard that 1TB (or bigger) external disks are prone to overheating and, eventually, stop ...
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“This device can perform faster.” Appears Even Though I Inserted External HDD to USB 3.0 Port

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external HDD. It supports USB 3.0 and has an USB 3.0 cable. Whenever I connect it to my laptop, the message "This device can perform faster. This USB mass storage device ...
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“Extra” pins on WD MyPassport hard drive controller board

I know that these pins are not "extra" but I'd like to know what they do... Are they jumpers like the old IDE hard drives had? The drive doesn't want to spin up anymore and I'd like to learn as ...
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Second Harddrive is failing. Due to Hibernation?

About a year ago my WD Green drive started failing. I started getting BSOD (disk related) and freezes, until it was not readable anymore. It was still recognized in the bios, but it was not mountable ...
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Win8 BitLocker encrypted WD MyPassport drive does not auto-unlock on boot, but does on hot-plug

I have a WD MyPassport external USB drive (1 TB), encrypted with BitLocker on Windows 8. I have the drive set to auto-unlock in its "Manage BitLocker..." right-click properties. The problem is, it ...