Western Digital is a manufacturer of Hard Drive headquartered in Lake Forest, California.

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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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How do software programs determine the HDD temperature?

I had an argue with a colleague about : "How do software programs (i.e. hwmonitor) determine the temperature of the hard drive?" I said that there must be a thermometer inside the HDD and the ...
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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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What's the jumper “enable 1.5GB PHY” on a Western Digital hard disk?

I've got a new hard disk. On the label there is a description of the jumper settings: One of them is: Jumpered pins 5 and 6 enables 1.5GB PHY What does PHY stand for?
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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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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 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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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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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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How to properly install WD Advanced Format Drive in Ubuntu as 2nd HDD?

I got a new Western Digital WD15EARS Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA drive but it seems to use WD new advanced format using 4k blocks or something (I get the general idea but not really). Is there a way to ...
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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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Why does Western Digital Smartware not detect my external HDD?

I recently buy WD Mybook Essential HDD 1 TB. I downloaded and install Smartware software in both my desktop (Windows XP) and laptop (Windows 7) but in both case the software is not able to detect the ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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How do I delete Western Digital SmartWare from my drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove a MyBook’s “WD SmartWare” virtual CD from my desktop? If I don't want it on my drive how do I delete it? I've tried delete it from the ...
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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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Western Digital My Passport how is data stored

I have a Western Digital My Passport (external hard drive) and I had been using it to back up my Windows XP machine. The XP machine's hard drive crashed, so now I am left with the My Passport drive. ...
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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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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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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Western Digital My Book World drops off network

Most of my storage in my house relies on a WD My Book World Edition 500GB network drive. I threw out the vendor crapware they give you to access it (a trial version of Mionet) after it starting ...
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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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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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Why won't my Western Digital My Book Home 500GB drive mount on my Macbook Pro via Firewire?

I can connect the drive via USB and it mounts correctly. However, when I connect via FireWire, the drive powers down. The drive realizes that it is plugged in. When I plug in via FireWire, the ...
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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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Can I set up a raid array where I have multiple small drives that back up to one large drive?

I want to know if I can set up a raid of like 150 gb velociraptors for performance and then make it to where they automatically back up to a larger say 2tb western digital caviar black drive? let me ...
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hard drive raw read error rate 9

My main HDD is about 2.5/3 years old. All that time, it has been running with about 40-45 (temperature). I have had a HDD failure before and it was really frustrating, I don't want that to happen ...
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Trying to rescue data from WD My Book Studio II, raid 0

For a friend I'm trying to recover data from a Western Digital My Book Studio II external disk drive enclosure in raid 0 mode. At first I tried to rescue the data under OSX, the OS used by the ...
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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 bitch? [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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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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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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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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How to re-do the hard disks in a WD Word Book Edition II?

I recently purchased a WD World Book II, a 2 TB one. I call it the "White Box". It has those 2 1TB drives, and they were in this RAID 1 config, only giving me about 1 TB. I could not delete the raid ...
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Access Western Digital My Book World II RAID array on my Ubuntu Linux

My WD My Book World II (Blue Rings) NAS has overheated, I think the motherboard is dead. I extracted the disks and plugged them in my desktop PC running Ubuntu Linux. The disks seems to be alive, ...
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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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How to fix: Western Digital My Book 500GB - fail to install drivers, is not accessible

The WD-My Book 500GB is recognized as a local disc in my system(Windows 7), but it's drivers fail to install successfully when connected via USB cable with computer. Then when I try to open ...
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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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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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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 SMART is passing while it indicates failure for RAW read error rate?

I have an external USB disk (WD Elements Caviar Green 2 To, WD20EADS-00W4B0) that started to fail (slow reads). My system logs didn't show anything unusual, this definitely indicates some supposedly ...