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How do I make a USB-docked hard drive not “disconnect” from the connected system when idle?

I have connected a WD30EZRX WD Green HDD to a Thermaltake Blacx Duet 5G USB dock (similar linked, for example) in Ubuntu 12.04. Every thing seems fine until the HDD idles, when it seems to have cause ...
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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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WD Green Hard Drive and home linux server

Are newer WD Green Hard Drives still a problem for Linux nowadays? The discussion here is focused on home linux servers, not NAS or data centers. Here is a summary of my research from googling. ...
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WD My Book making odd noises (doesn't sound like Click of Death)

I have a 2TB WD MyBook connected via Firewire. It is set-up as a 2TB drive (striped) rather than a 1TB drive (mirrored). It is less than 6 months old, contains less than 1TB of data, and is used ...
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Unable to create windows backup on external hdd

I am having a WD Elements 2TB portable hard disk (exFAT) I am unable to do backup of windows on it. My windows 7 laptop has ntfs system Please help as I need to do backup
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Can't format external hard drive (“in use”)

I'm running (via Boot Camp) Windows 7 SP1 on my 32-bit MacBook, and I'm trying to format a new Western Digital My Passport external hard drive to use NTFS. It came formatted of course but I wiped it ...
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Hard drive won't initialize, spins up, makes 2 clicks, and spins up again

When I booted my computer today, it wouldn't progress past BIOS. One of the drives ( the one holding the OS, of course ) spins up, goes "click click", and then spins down and repeats the process. How ...
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Cannot find WD partitions although Disk Utility see them

I have an external harddrive Western Digital that is locked wioth a password using their built in solution "WD unlocker". I put in my macbook, enter the correct password. But then no disks show up. I ...
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Western Digital MyCloud EX2 can't see USB drives

I have a new WD EX2 with 8TB of storage. The device and storage are working fine. I'm using the device's built in management site under http://wdmycloudex2.local/ and I should be able to plug in a USB ...
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external hard drive not available once in a while, needs to restart

I have a 3tb WD external drive, that once in a while (1 time a week), I get the error "An error has occured. The destination you have specified does not exist". I have to restart the pc, and then it ...
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Initialisation of HDD fails (I/O Error, Western Digital)

I have a new HDD which I bought from Amazon Warehousedeals. At the moment it isn't running. Someone else did a video of this problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVDRelP8OOU If haven't plugged ...
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Asus AC66R Wireless router won't recognized Western Digital My Passport external hard drive

I have an Asus AC66R Wireless router. It has 2 USB ports for sharing data on external hard drives. I have a Seagate Free Agent (1TB) external hard drive. The router detects it, and it works fine. I ...
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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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How do software programs determine the HDD temperature?

Some software programs can etermine the temperature of the hard drive. E.g. HWMonitor: I say that there must be a thermometer inside the HDD and the data (via SMART) is passed as regular info to ...
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Backup WD My Cloud outside local network

Is there any way, easy or hard, to keep my WD My Cloud NAS backed up from a remote network? I understand that the built-in Safepoints function only works locally, right? All I want is a hard drive on ...
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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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why there is less space in my external HDD than it supposed to have [duplicate]

I have purchased a WD 1 TB external HDD.From the size specified i should expect i will have 1 TB of disk space.But it came with 930 GB of space.I am getting approximately 70 GB of less space. Is it ...
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Can anyone make sense of the G-sense error rate?

Before I get to my problem, I have to ask this question. Can the normalized value ever be 0, and can it ever be a negative number? I read many sources saying that there is no such thing as a ...
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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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My 1TB WD Caviar Green HDD is making a short high-pitched sound every half second

My 1TB WD Caviar Green HDD is making a short (about 0.1 second) high-pitched sound every half second. It is barely audible, but is enough to drive me crazy. I’ve noticed that the sound is synchronized ...
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How to boot a USB 3.0 SATA HDD inside a Windows 7 Qemu Virtual Machine

I have a Windows 7 VM, that I would like to recognize a SATA HDD that is plugged into a Voyager Q (USB 3.0 "enclosure"). I have tried various commands, and tried logging the output of the command ...
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Bad sectors found, should I replace my drive?

My main hard drive (Windows) shows some bad sectors, the number of sectors hasn't changed since I discovered them 2 months ago. However there's no clue how long they have been there. I have another ...
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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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How to create password for WD MyPassport if drive doesn't show up in WD Smartware Settings tab?

Is it possible to set a password for Western Digital Smartware backups on a WD My Passport Ultra once the backup function has already been used? When I go to the Settings tab, it only shows my ...
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How to delete iPhoto backup from WD My Cloud Mirror?

Summary: Our WD My Cloud Mirror is slow and unresponsive. As an attempt to resolve this issue I want to remove a backup of my iPhoto library. So far this delete operation has been unsuccessful. I ...
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Hard Drive Reallocated Sector / Event Count and Current Pending Sector

So I pulled this hard drive out of a unit that was un-formated on of no where and re-formated it just fine in windows. Decided to run some test on it and got these errors. Errors Reallocated ...
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How can a MBR formatted hard drive exceed 1.81 TiB capacity?

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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WD portable hardrive My Passport 1TB

I have an issue with my WD Passport 1TB. I have set up security password before I can access actual data. when clicked to open the file "WD Drive Unlock.exe" it shows strange behaviour and it's ...
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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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Information on Western digital hard drive serial number [closed]

What type of information can I get from checking the serial number of a WD hard drive using the Linux command sudo lshw -class disk?
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WD My Book external drive never spin up

I got a Western Digital My Book external hard drive that are a couple of years old. I tried to get it running via eSATA the other week and when I was about to try it again the disk itself never spin ...
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What raw data value of S.M.A.R.T. Raw_Read_Error_Rate means?

My Synology NAS shows the following S.M.A.R.T. data for my Western Digital WD20EADS-00S2B0: What is this Raw data value equal to 402 means? The current Value and Worst value looks OK. Should I be ...
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Will spanning my drives format them both in Windows 7?

I have currently got a Seagate 1TB hard drive (not in use) and the WD 4TB hard drive (in use). The WD hard drive has just failed and I am getting it replaced. I wish to use 'spanning' to combine the ...
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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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Is green WD too slow (for a normal home computer)? Would it have less than a 10 MB/s read/write speeds? [closed]

There's a very good deal on a 5TB green WD that I intend to catch. However I hear that green WDs might be slower than other drives. I know that the RPM speed for green drives are is mentioned and is ...
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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 ...