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 nagging me to upgrade, and set it up as a standard network drive using Window's Map Network Drive.

However, since then, it has been dropping off the network after 30 minutes of non-usage. The only way to get it back on is to switch it off and on again at the plug socket.

Does anyone know what is causing this, and hopefully how to fix it?

EDIT: it's the original "blue rings" version with the latest firmware.

  • I actually had the same kind of problem with the E-Sata version, so any heads up would be awesome!
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jul 16, 2009 at 15:17

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Since it drops off after 30 minutes of non-usage my suggestion would be to prevent it from going 30 minutes without use. Sure, this is a software solution to a hardware problem, but it should work.

Use windows task scheduler on two different computers to schedule a task to run every 20 minutes that just copies the same dummy file to the drive. You could create a batch file or use any scripting languages you might be familiar with. If you want you could delete it after you copy it.

You want to set it to 20 minute intervals just in case one of them is late. Any you want to have two computers doing it just in case one of them is off line. If you are really paranoid then you could have all your computers doing it at 10 minute intervals. I wouldn't go much more often then that though.

I know it is a hack, but until they fix your firmware it might be your best choice.


I've had the same problem with a My Book Home. I had to update the firmware, and that did the trick. For some odd reason, it was only recognized on XP, and not 2003, so I had to plug it into my laptop, update the FW, then back into the Win 2K3 machine.

http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=117&lang=en for white light. http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=106&lang=en for blue ring.

  • The firmware is at the latest version.
    – Macha
    Jul 16, 2009 at 15:44

I had this problem. I finally narrowed it down to a bad AC adapter. In fact I had the cable modem AC in the world book instead accidently. Switched it around and everything has worked perfectly since. Hope this helps

  • The drive in question has since had the networking components fail, so I can't test the adapter as I've thrown it out, but it was the supplied adapter.
    – Macha
    Nov 22, 2010 at 19:53

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