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250gb Western Digital in R40 will not finish booting

Question: 250gb Western Digital in R40 will not finish booting

I used Norton Ghost to image my 60gb on to a WD 250gb in the removable bay trey. The 250 appears to work normally as drive d:. But it will not finish booting when installed as the c: drive Windows XP Pro boots thru the logo on a black screen to to a Windows dark/light blue screen with a small Windows logo. The Sign on prompt never appears. Cursor is present and works. Same thing occurs in Safe Mode. Work fine when I swap the 60gb back in. Any ideas?


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Preferred Solution: 250gb Western Digital in R40 will not finish booting

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Answer: 250gb Western Digital in R40 will not finish booting

Hi rddavis, Welcome to the Lenovo forum. I think this thread will help you out. (Basically, repeat your cloning procedure, but this time boot from CD, and clone from the removable bay tray to the new drive installed in regular drive bay (C: ).) Good luck,-FrankMessage Edited by fmyhr on 2009-07-17 10:04 PM

---------Results of Your Ideal Business-Class Laptop survey, concluded 2009-07-29.Did someone help you?Say thanks! with a kudo.Even better: Pay it forward, help someone else.

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Hi, I want to buy a new hard drive for my desktop PC, and I was wondering if the western digital black 250GB hard drive or western digital enterprise 250GB hard drive would work better for such a PC. Both of the HDDs I mentioned are SATA, in case you're wondering.

Answer:Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

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Just installed new WD 250GB HD in above laptop. Only recognizes 24 GB of 250GB. Used HP recovery disk they sent me. Boots up, I get the desktop, and after 1 minute, tells me it's shutting down, then automatically reboots, and this goes on and on..I can boot in safe mode + networking and can get to internet, etc via wireless. HELP!

Answer:Western Digital laptop 250GB HDD

"HP recovery disk they sent me."Is this disk a complete systems disk or does it restore the system from a backup directory that would be on your old drive? You may have to talk to HP on how the disk works. If it ia a complete systems it should have asked you if you want to format the new drive. Did it and what did you chose?

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Am looking at buying an external hard drive to use as a secondary back up device for my music collection etc, while still regularly backing up my important documents on DVDs. I've been looking around and I like the price of the Western Digital My Book 250GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (£55 from It's got pretty good reviews and WD is a big name with a decent reputation.

Am only looking to spend around £60 and am not looking for anything massive. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? Am looking to order the external HDD this weekend.


Answer:Western Digital My Book 250GB

There's nothing wrong with your current choice.

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Dear UsersWin Xp is not recognizing 250GB HDD how to make it recognize 250GB HDD and what would be the file system for the partition FAT32 or NTFS (Recognizing means not showing its full size)thanks

Answer:Windows XP Pro and 250GB Western Digital HDD

What do you mean by not recognizing it?The best file system is debatable.I'd recommend NTFS for (supposed) speed benefits over FAT32 and newer features, plus you can use files more than 4Gb in size with it, which you can't with FAT32.Also, I heard Windows XP won't format volumes over a certain size with FAT32, hopefully someone can clarify whether this is right or not.However, NTFS is subject to the "RAW phenomenon".  I don't understand this, but I've seen it mentioned, hopefully someone can explain that too.

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Dear All,

First of all, I would like to offer my congratulation for your definitely helpful forum. Concerning my laptop, I have a Toshiba A100-906. I have upgraded its memory to 3GB and now I would like to upgrade its hard disk as well. I am thinking of buying a *Western Digital Hard which has 250 GB capacity*. I am wondering, what is the maximum hard disk size for this laptop and if it supports the hard disk which mentioned above.

Thanks in advance
Stl from Greece

Answer:Satellite A100-906 and Western Digital 250GB


Well?not easy to say if a 250GB HDD would be recognized by BIOS because Toshiba doesn?t provide any details about max possible HDD size.

Fact is that a BIOS doesn?t support all HDD sizes due to some limitations.

But in my opinion it?s not possible to use the 250GB HDD. I think it?s simply too large.
However, this is only my suggestion and maybe you should test it to ensure if it?s possible or not.

Best regards and have a nice day buddy

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I have just bought this external drive and am trying to download the driver onto my laptop from the WD website, as I am running Windows 98SE. I have found the WD Essentials USB 2.0 driver and when I click the DOWNLOAD button a small screen appears with a blue line across the top and the words "File Download". However this box just flashes on and off all the time and locks up the computer. The only way to get rid of it is to switch the power off. I have enabled pop-ups as requested, and have also disabled Norton Antivirus 2005. I have no firewall. I have tried a number of times without success. Can you please help? Many thanks.

Answer:Western Digital USB 2.0 250GB external drive

I have just downloaded it without problems, aristo, if you wish I can email it to you, it's a 2MB zip file.

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I have been using this USB drive for some time. I have it divided in to three seperate partitions, but recently (and this is the second time this has happened) XP will no longer detect the already existing partitions on the drive. I am able to see the drive in device manager, it shows up as a WD 2500JB External USB Device, as well as in the manage option when right clicking My Computer. However in the manage window it shows the whole drive as unallocated space. I know that there are files on there, (several GB's of customer backups.) it was there just yesterday. Any ideas on how to get Xp to pull it's head out and see these partitions?

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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hello all

today i have buyed a 250 GB Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb casch but when i format the drive he wont give 250 but 232 GB its ATA/UDMA100 set as slave on a
AMD 1800XP
512 MB DDR
Geforce 3 ti200
80 GB WD 7200rpm 8mb casch
250 gb WD 7200RPM 8 mb casch
Windows xp pro corp.

tnx alot ppl


Answer:Western Digital Caviar 250GB wont give the FULL size

I didn't do the math, but that sounds about right. There is a difference in the size the manufacturere advertises, and the actual reported size once the disc is installed on the system. Manufactures report the size as 1billion bytes=1GB, where your computer uses 1024MB=1GB. Manufactures also round up sometimes to make the size even out and make it look more desirable. an example would be a drive with 123billion bytes capacity might be sold as a 125GB or 128GB because it looks better on paper. I believe that tactic is mostly used by lesser brands, but I'm not completely sure if some of the major makers may use it as well.

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.



Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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I have Dell Latitude e5410 that's not booting corectly, and I think it's a hard drive problem. I have the Westen Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows for my model. Can I make an ISO file from it and run it on the computer?

Answer:How to run Western Digital hard drive diagnostics on non booting computer

Im not sure about the windows edition but if you look up the hard drive product code on the downloads page ( ) they should have the dos version which would be bootable.

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i got this new sata HD from Western Digital and my computer doesnt seem to recognize it....Its plugged in correctly and im not quite sure how to set the jumpers on it because it didnt come with any...


A  sata doesnt use jumpers. More info on your computer would help motherboard...ect.

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Hey guys just wondering i have two western digital hard drives they are both "Black" type and i was wondering can you put to of them in one computer or can u only have One "Black" and one "Green" i recently bought the new hard drive which was a 1TB Western Digital Black Caviar Hard Drive, the one i had was a 80Gb Western Digital black Caviar and everytime i put them both in it says something along the lines of "Kernal Error" it was secondary and im using the 1TB as primary.

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Question: Western Digital

Quick question. What are western digital like for their hard drives?

Answer:Western Digital

I have a 30 gig and also 60 gig both made by WD and have not had a probem with them.

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Question: Western Digital

I have a 500GB wester digital hard drive. I had backed up my pc before reformatting. I then bought a new pc. I want to get all my vidz, music and pics off it, But there arent a lot of file in it. It says that 202GB of 465G is free , but the files+folders in the hard drive only add up to 4.57gb. I realy need these files as they are my last and only back up. Is there a way to get to it or get them off. please help, or my family will kill me, I had about 14000 photos on there.

Answer:Western Digital

Check if the files are not hidden or crypted...

For that go to the HDD on my computer.

Start->My Computer->Tools(on toolbar)->Folder option->View->Select - Show hidden files and folders

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Question: Western Digital

Hey guys, I've looked all over the net but have come to a dead end and thought i would ask you lot.

I've just bought a 200GB Western Digital HD, but for some reason the computer doesn't register it at all. I've got a Abit KR7A Mobo, i tryed plugging the harddrive directly into the mobo and it dosnt see it at all. I got a Raid card which uses Silicon Image drivers, I updated the drivers for that but that dosnt see the harddrive as well.

Dose it mean i will have to update the Bios? Or is it windows?

Thanks for your help!.

Answer:Western Digital

I assume this is an internal HD.
Try connecting it to one of your standard ATA-100 IDE-cables first.
If there is already a HD or CD on it, set the new HD to slave.
If this is the first drive on an empty IDE, set it to Master.

In your BIOS set the corresponding IDE-connection to Automatic
(Primary ID Master or Slave, or Secondary ID Master or Slave)

All tech specs and settings can be found here:

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Question: Western Digital

alright heres my problem i just bought a western digital HDD and installed it on my pc running server 2003 the problem is it does not show up under windows explorer. it shows up fine in the device manager but i cannot access it through my computer

any ideas???


Answer:Western Digital

Did you try going to Disk Management and partitioning and formatting it?

What does this have to do with networking?

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I just bought a new western digital hard drive and it has like a rubber coat on it and I was wondering if anyone has bought this same one and if it is really safe to leave that coat on? Anyone?

Answer:Western Digital HDD

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I've been a loyal WD customer since 2002, but lately I have lost confidence in their drives.

First drive to fail:

WD800. Bought in 2003 brand new, used in a athlon xp machine every day for a year. when i built my amd64 machine it was only used from time to time. The tower was never pushed over, kicked, etc.

When the drive turns on it spins up then ticks off immediately. it will do this about 5-6 times before it just stays off.

This drive had important pictures on it that i may not have back-ups of.

Second drive to fail:

almost a month later, the WD 80gig from my dads dell 8200 crashed and would not allow windows to be re-installed.

it was quickly replaced by a WD 320gig drive.

i brought the dell 80 gig back to life somehow as a storage drive.

Third drive to fail

WD 200gig

bought new in 2004 for my athlon 64 system. was never abused or swapped out. Last week it pooped out and no computer/ external enclosure i put it in will recognize it. I tried taking the dell 80 gig and installing windows on it for my new pc, now it is doing the same thing.

After this I will no longer buy WD drives, seems like they have a 3-5 year lifespan which is ridiculous.

I have a hitachi 250gig drive in an external enclosure that i bought in 2003 also which has been dropped, knocked over, kicked, punted (accidentally of course) and it still works fine.

I have a maxtor 2 gig drive which is useless for xp but it still works perfect.

What are some of your... Read more

Answer:Done with Western Digital

One of my PCs has a 9 year old Seagate that`s hardly had an error on it.

So based on that wealth of anecdotal evidence,I`m saying - Seagate.

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I have a question. As all you techies probably know, when you turn on a pc that has an external western digital HDD connected to it, the HDD turns on and off with the computer. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Reason being, I only back up to it seldom, and I often play loud music; I don't want my HDD on all the time when my computer is on. Is there some kind of workaround vs turning off the HDD right after it turns on with the PC every single time? (It's probably causing wear and tear when I do that).

Thanks everyone!

Answer:Western Digital HDD USB 3.0

Does the Ext HD have a ON/OFF power switch ?

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TG Daily - Western Digital launches 3.5" 2TB hard drive

... and the Aussie's got it first.

Mwave Australia: Buy Cheap Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB HDD, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache (WD20EADS) in Sydney, Australia Online Computer Store!

Answer:Western Digital 2TB is here


WHY did I get a 1.5TB for Christmas???? I thought it would be awesome (and it is) but now I just lost out on 500GB Ah well, at $300 for a 2TB drive, I'd rather get 2 <$150 1.5's and have 3GB instead of 2

...and why Australia? That's dumb. It's an AMERICAN company, WE should get them first >: (

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Question: Western Digital HD

I ran a test and found out that I have "137 Reallocated Sectors". What does that mean though? Do I need a new HD or can I fix it? Thank you for your time

Answer:Western Digital HD

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Question: Western Digital

I purchased a western digital (my book essential 500 gb) a few months ago. It worked fine. All of a sudden the computer does not recognize it. It used to show as removable G drive. Now nothing. I cannot find the disc that it came with. I also get a message about the usb 2.0 root hub device in device manager. It has a yellow exclamation mark. It says I need to reinstall the driver. But have no disc. Are the two problems related? Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Western Digital

Refresh USB PortsUse Drive clean up to remove USB device drive info from the registryclick hereorIn device manager Uninstall EVERYTHING under the heading USB, reboot the PC let XP find and install new hardware.Your equipment should now be recognised.

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Question: western digital HD

Hi , I am trying too reformat my WD hard drive to ntfs  it is currently fat32  but i keep getting access denied , i think it is about allowing permissions could anyone tell me how to do this on my vista ultimate  64 bit PC , thanks for any help.

Answer:western digital HD

Which partition you are trying to format ?

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I have a mybook 320gb drive. I use it stricktley for backup. Now the power won't come on and the world wants 600.00 beans for data recovery. You can't open these puppies cause they are laser sealed.
I ran my own little check on it. I used to be an electronics tech in a different field. Here's the deal. When the firewire is plugged in and the power cord is too there is no recognition. I plug in a usb cable and it recognizes "blank Oxford drive". If I unplug it the hardware goes away. The power button is fried I think... Have you ever had these issues thrown out to you? I really don't care about the warrenty but I want opinions before I crack this casing open...


Answer:Western Digital got me down :(

The box should just have a regular ATA drive inside it, there should be no worry about opening the case if warranty is not an issue. Once you have the drive out you can try installing it internally inside your computer or another USB enclosure.

I doubt its the power button if the unit does get detected through a USB connection, its hopefully the electronics in the enclosure.

P.S. If the drive contains the only copy of data then it is NOT a backup. One copy is never a backup, its a disaster in waiting, or one that has already happened.

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Question: Western Digital HD

I have a problem...

I'm running a Celeron 2.0ghz cpu on a ECS mainboard, a Western Digital 60gb HD, running WinXP.

This morning, as I was booting up, I got the POST...but as soon as the Windows logo popped up, the system shut down and re-booted.

That is all that I am getting and I haven't a clue what is going on.

Anymore specs required to help me diagnose this, just ask and I will see what I can supply.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Western Digital HD

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Question: Western Digital

I have a HDD that has failed (SMART) do I contact Lenovo or Western Digital? My Lenovo warranty is good until September 2012. Thanks

Answer:Western Digital

Contact Lenovo.

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Hi All,

I have a slight problem and was wondering if anyone can help.

I guess a few years ago I installed a WD 250 GB HDD model WD 2500JB

Now all of the sudden 2 things are going funny.

1) WHen ever the drive reaches 117gb free it decides not to go past this point

2) It doesnt show up in my computer

I at one time formatted it but alas it is now doing the same thing, when I look at device

manager it see it under the dives section and reports that the device is working properly

What gives ?? I did disconnect it and reconnect it, selected from bios to AUTO

detect it but it seems that nothing I have been trying lately isn't working

Does anyone have any suggestions ??



Answer:Western Digital HDD Help

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Question: western digital

any one return a western digital hard drive to them by mail i was wondering if anyone knows if i send the box with the drive or just the drive it self sorry if this is the wrong place to post thanks for any help

Answer:western digital

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This is the most aggravating thing in the world .. I can't eject my USB WD External Drive from my Windows 7 Laptop .. I don't have an issue at all when it's connected to my Windows XP desktop computer. It releases immediately. Also, absolutely NO ISSUE when using Flash Drives, they eject fine.

The drive is a USB Western Digital External Hard Drive that I use to save things I receive from the Groups I'm in to keep the clutter off my Laptop.

Whenever I try to eject via the Safely Remove Icon or go to the Open Devices and Printer and physically find the External Drive and select EJECT I get the same generic message that tells me this drive CAN NOT be closed as another program is using it.

DUH !! I'm sure it's a windows process but I can not locate what could possibly be holding onto the External Drive.

I've tried everything. I've run CC Cleaner to clear out possible offending files > I've shut down my Avast AntiVirus (until reboot) hoping if Avast was monitoring that drive somehow, this would release it.

I've opened TaskManager and NO PROGRAMS open that could be using it. Looked at the Process's Running NO CLUE what most of these are so kind of afraid to close something there.

The External Hard drive is my F:\ drive .. I know it's some kind of a windows process holding the drive because there are times I'll pull a graphic off of the external and use in an email but I never see anything in the Process's list that relate to an email program, which btw are closed b... Read more

Answer:USB Western Digital External HD Help

I also get this issue from time to time. Too infrequently for me to worry about it.

So rather than spending a lot of time tracking it down I simply restart the computer. When you restart (or shut down) Windows closes all working processes and "ejects" the drive before powering off. It is a safe way to disconnect the external without risk of losing data or other negative effects as far as I know.

I have read that the issue can be due to Indexing - try turning indexing off for the external, issues with Libraries, thumbnails, and of course, poorly written software.
There are a number of small programs you can download and install to explore Windows processes and turn them on and off if you want to try and track your issue down.

Check this thread here fore some:

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I wans't quite sure where to post this, but I am sure there are a large number of members that have prutchased drives between March 22, 2001 and FEBRUARY 15, 2006 and that they would be eligible to be a part of the suit. If they register and once the selttlement is approved they will be eligible to download a copy of EMC Dantz Retrospect Express version 7.5 for Windows users and version 6.1 for Mac users.

Candy said to post it here so here it is! ANd here is a link to the eligibility form:

Answer:Western Digital Lawsuit

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Anyways i was downloading something overnight and the next day when i get to my pc it says the location the info was being written can no longer be found. So i figured maybe a sata cable came loose or something like it has on this HDD before. Well that isn't the problem.

I reboot my pc and the HDD spins up, but clicks every few seconds so i knew the head was stuck or something. I am thinking oh **** i got nearly 500 gigs of info on there since it was a 500 gig HDD. So i'm not worried about the drive failing as much as the info that i had on it. Movies, music, pictures, the whole works.

So i suck it up and buy a terabyte Seagate drive just to spite Western Digital for failing on me and also to try and recover the data.

So in desperation i try the freezer trick, but no go and it does the exact same thing. I going to RMA the drive eventually since it is easily under the 5 year warranty. But is there any other ways to get the drive to work before i send it off? I have heard about heating it up with a hair drier also and that may get it going. Any suggestions would be good as long as it doesn't cost me losing my warranty.

Answer:Western Digital= FAIL

Odd but it has worked for me before now - Turn it upside down in the drive bay and then treat it as normal, it's only worked for me once or twice.

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I have this hard drive that came from an external drive case. It had been corrupted I guess and repaired (I thought) with checkdisk, My computer spent 11 days fixing it. The drive spent a year of the shelf and I just tried installing it as a secondary drive to my computer. The drive showed up and the data while still corrupt was there. When I attempted to reformat the drive it gave me an error(sorry I don't remember what the error said.) and the drive itself vanished from Disk Management. It shows up in the boot setup menu as Unknown. Is there anything I can do to salvage this drive or is it gone for good?

Answer:Solved: Western Digital 2TB

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Hello Sf
I am having problems with my brand new
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive SATAII 300MB/s <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM

I connected it correctly, and i feel it being heated at the bottom.
But i dont hear it spinning, nor can i find it in the BIOS

What can i do?? If it's defect i would have to wait 2 weeks to get a replacement from England

Answer:Problems with Western Digital HDD

If you cant fell it spinning your power cable might be the problem, other then that the HD is faulty.

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After doing a clean install of windows 10 build 10130; my western digital my book 1tb external usb 3.0 hard drive will not retrieve my backups. Is this a possible windows 10 glitch; or is this a internal hardware issue with my device?

Answer:western digital my book

Also; sometimes it will not "mount" so i can see it in the drive list. Anyone got ideas for me?

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Can someone tell me how to contact western digital by phone
This is what I have listed in my manual
(00800- 27549338
The bottom number has not been allocated yet I used it as a 0800 No.
The 00800 number is not recognised

Answer:Contacting western digital

On their website they give this number for UK Technical Support:
00800-ASK4WDEU (00800- 27549338)
Although after delving a bit I also found this number Phone: +44 2033563759
The source...HERE Scroll to tyhe bottom of the page. I think you only need the '44' if you are outside the UK, but try it and see.
To email: CLICK HERE you'll need to 'Log In' and/or register.
Good Luck

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I have a WD Caviar Blue 500Gb sata drive mounted in a Digitus USB enclosure. This drive has been working fine until I installed Windows 10. Now I get a message that the drive failed to enumerate, (Code 35). C an anybody help please?

Answer:Western Digital Drive no go

Run a Chkdsk on it, Windows 10 is NTFS but it is a tad different. Make sure that it is shown in your BIOS as a Boot Drive. Not the primary .

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Hello, i have a question about this drive click hereI want to know if the Iface has the firewire 400 &/Or 800 & if so what is the speed like on the 800.?Ive emailed the person selling this but he hasnt got back to me.? this was yesterday so i emailed him again today & still nothing.?Thankx for your time..

Answer:Western Digital 1TB External HD.?

If this is the one, it is USB!click here

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So I've been looking around at <1TB hard drives and I think I finally figured out WD's lettering scheme, but still a little confused on the numbers.
I'm assuming that the # after the GB (ie: WD5001/WD5002) are the number of platters. Can anyone confirm or refute this? trying to find details on WD's identification scheme is like pulling teeth.

Also, does it even matter? I've read a single high density platter provides better performance than a dual platter drive, confirm/refute.

Answer:Western Digital confusion

The #2 has 64MB cache, the #1 has 32MB cache. The only difference I can see first hand.

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I'm in the market for a new hard drive and this year I don't know what to go for. Normally, I go for Caviar Black and everything's good. This year though, with the floods in southeast Asia, the rising prices, and the drop in quality, I am not sure what to do.

I am currently looking at 1-2 TB WD Caviar Blacks, but they do seem to have a higher than usual failure rate according to Newegg reviews.

Answer:Solved: Is Western Digital still the best?

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Hi folks,

I'm looking to buy an external hard drive to serve as backup media for my laptop.
My current EHD is a Maxtor OneTouch III, that's about two years old. And it just died. This morning.

So I'm in the market.

What I've looked at so far is the following:

WD Passport: I'm leaning towards this one because what few reviews I've read say its pretty reliable. The price is also right.

Seagate eSATA: Again, also fairly decent reviews, and also priced right.

Basically, what I want is something that's pretty much just a hard drive. No frills or BS, because I have the backup programs which I need. Purists will say buy a hard drive and an enclosure and DIY, but I don't have that kind of time, as much as I'd love to do that.



Answer:Western Digital vs. Seagate vs. ...

WD Passport
from my clients list this seems to be the best
note: the seagate list is pretty bare so ??
just remember don't over heat don't bump around while unit is reading /writing
short 10gb writes seem to keep over heating down
as always backup important data

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Why are so many of my Western Digital HDD's expiring 2-3 years old?
Are Western Digital bad at making Hard drives?
4 Drives have failed in a year and they are only 2-3 years old....
Not covered by warranty...

Answer:Why are so many of my Western Digital HDD's expiring?

I don't think that is WD specific. Maybe it is due to your particular environment (heat, dust, etc.). I just had an external Seagate fail. But that was the first time any of my appr. 20 disks failed.

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I just thought I would mention this because I thought it was kind of strange.

About 2 weeks ago I bought a new Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb HDD with 16Mb cache. The drive failed the other day. I needed to recover all of my music from the drive. Because the drive would power up and read but would not hold a partition properly I was able to recover all of my files.

Now this is where things get weird. I ran the recovery tool Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Pro. By the way best 70 bucks you will ever spend it works fantastic.

When the scan finished and I was looking at my files I noticed something that was out of place. I bought the drive new not a refurb or any of that crap this is supposed to be a new drive. The problem is that the recovery wizard found a whole bunch of office documents among other things on the drive. When I bought the drive I installed it partitioned and formatted and then pushed all my music onto the drive.

I never put any office docs or other crap on that drive just music files.

So what's the deal? Did western digital cut corners and put used platters in the drive and slap a new tag on it? I would not be happy with that if it were the case and I doubt many other people would be.

Any of you remember all the trouble various computer companies have gotten into for using parts that were not factory new in the PCs they sold? Would this not fit under that same type of thing? You are basically lying to customers if you put a used platter in a hard drive an... Read more

Answer:Western Digital Shady

Have you confirmed that the files are actually office documents by trying to open them with office programs? Or did the recovery software just name some files as office documents? I've seen recovery software misidentify file types.

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Legit Reviews threw a little review lovin' on Western Digital's new My Net N900 HD dual band router. So, was WD's first foray into routers a success? Here's a quote from the review:

The device that we are focusing in on today is the Western Digital My Net N900 which is a dual-band router specifically designed and optimized for movies, games, video, music and other multimedia and entertainment services. This HD dual-band router is rated at 900 Mbps Wi-Fi speed (450 + 450 Mbps) has 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB ports and a retail price of $179.99.Click to expand...


Answer:Western Digital My Net N900 HD

I was actually waiting for someone to come out with a review on this one. The much cheaper N600 is on amazon now for a penny under $80. I might just pick it up to replace my aging and morally obsolete Dlink DIR-655.

/edit bought it.

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So I have a WD6400A drive that has been with me for a bit...not worked hard or anything well to get to the point of the story. Tonight and lately ive been getting errors on start about possible corruption or bad sectors.
Not thinking checked the box next to attempt to recover and repair bad sectors. No valid backup =/ theres nothing too terribly important except a lot of music and such but im still holding out on recovering some of it.

Ive already gotten the diagnostic from WD site and im running the extended test. 7 more hours to completion. The drive shows up fine in Devmngr but when I looked at it a bit ago in diskmgmt there was a chunk of approx 225GB of unallocated space??? I already know this thing is dying but im hoping to get the data off before I can it.

first simple smart test failed and the WD diagnostic that came with the drive wont even complete the scan without erroring out. Is it Puppy Linux time guys?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16367 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 60954 MB, Free - 13932 MB; E: Total - 99 MB, Free - 70 MB; F: Total - 953863 MB, Free - 47836 MB; G: Total - 274999 MB, Free - 268303 MB; H: Total - 99 MB, Free - 31 MB; L: Total - 678761 MB, Free - 380888 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., L... Read more

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Staples are selling these at this reduced price from £99.99. Clearance offer ends 1 June 05.I have just bought one and installed on Win98SE box. All I had to do was download the drivers from Western Digital. All works perfectly.

Answer:Western Digital External USB 80 GB HD £49.99

Forgot to mention this important detail.

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Wow, this probably sounds really stupid, but I want to get two Raptors and RAID them. The only thing is... I don't want to have to reinstall everything all over again. Is there a way where I can move everything on this hard drive to the raptors so that I don't lose my information?

Answer:Western Digital Raptor

possible to hook up the HDD to a computer, transfer the files from ur current hdd onto that, and then ur happy

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I've been looking around for a Western Digital 80-gig ATA133 on Newegg. The mobo I am gettin' does not support Serial ATA, but I only find ATA100 and SATA on newgg. Is it because they didn't make any?

Here is the mobo:

ASUS nForce2 400 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU, Model "A7N8X-X" -RETAIL
Supported CPU: Socket A AMD Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron Processors
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 400 + MCP
FSB: 400/333/266/200MHz
RAM: 3x DIMM for DDR400/333/266/200(Non-ECC,unbuffered) Max 3GB
IDE: 2x UltraDMA 133 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 8X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2xPS2, 1xCOM, 1xLPT,6xUSB2.0(Rear 4), 1xLAN, Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC650 6CH w/ built in HP amplifier
Onboard LAN: Integrated NVIDIA MAC + Realtek 8201BL PHY 10/100Mbps
Form Factor: ATX more info-> N82E16813131468



Answer:No Western Digital ATA133????

ouch, thats harsh......i don't think zigandazag even understood the question though. pc_boy west digi doesn't make any IDE HDD at ATA133. the only 2 companies that make ATA133 HDD that i know of is maxtor and samsung. i would suggest maxtor. people say it is unrelaible, my experience so far is they are very reliable. there is a big difference in ata100 and ata133, so its worth it.

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Hello, I just bought a Western Digital Black 750gb SATAIII. I wanted to clone my Samsung 500gb SATA so I downloaded Acronis Clone WD edition.. When I installed the new HD in the bay, and the old one via USB as recommended I turned on my LAPTOP and got a BIOS message "please install an OS". I have the boot order set to USB HDD first. I would think that because windows 8 is installed on the old one that it would boot to it, but NO. I reversed the locations (new via USB and old in the bay) this time windows doesn't even "see" my new one. I opened Device Manager/show hidden devices. The new one is listed, but when I right click for properties it says "currently this hardware device is not connected" code 45?" "plug device back in to resolve issue". So I did and still getting message. It is connected properly and the universal USB to IDE or SATA cables are brand new (Cables-to-Go). The weird thing is I have an old IDE 80gb laying around so I plugged it in via USB and it was detected, and I was able to open it!! I'm sooo confused and running out of hair. I've contact Microsoft Community, WD, and HP (MOBO manufacturer) also INSYDE the BIOS manufacturer. No replies yet, so I am hoping someone here has some solutions. I tried to update the driver for the new HDD, but windows says it's up to date.
Windows 8 ver 6.2.9200, HP Pavilion g6 - 2231 w/AMD A-6 4400M APU, 8GB DDR3, INSYDE ver. F.26 BIOS.

Answer:New Western DIgital HDD not recognized?!?

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i have a athlon 750 maxtor hdd 7200 rpm and was wanting to know if i could add a western digital caviar 32500 4960 cyl 16 head 63 spt to my xp pro without any problem's?

Answer:western digital and maxtor hdd's in same xp pro p.c ok?

Did you want to just add this second drive to act as a slave drive or a secondary drive? Sure......not a problem.

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My friend had a 500 GB western digital My passport external hard drive that stopped working. He said it got unplugged too many times while in use which most likely corrupted it. Anyways he gave it to me to see if I could get it to format/work. The thing is though I plug it in and nothing shows up in My computer and when I try to go to disk management nothing shows up like it won't even go into it, The same goes for command prompt, I can type diskpart but then I can't type anything after that. Another thing is that when it's plugged in I get no internet but then once I unplug it it the internet starts working, disk management loads up I can type things in the CMD prompt and then after I unplug it it pops up saying you need to format this drive. So what do you guy's suggest to try and get the drive formatted and working again or is it just toast. Also why when it's plugged in does it make everything stop working. I have tried the drive on 4 different ports on my PC but it act's the same on each one

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Western Digital my Passprot

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Why did WD discontinue the WD3200BJKT?
Whats the difference between all these other wd3200's? that are scorpio blacks. Like the EKP and the PKT and WDBABD3200ANC-NRSN... Why can't they just have 1 model... Im trying to find a replacement one.

Answer:Western Digital (Discontinue)

The model you require may have been washed away by the recent flooding in Thailand?

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I am using a GigaByte UD3P Motherboard.

All drives currently installed:
DRIVE D: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320620 320 GB 7200 RPM 16 MB
DRIVE F: Maxtor 6L080P0 ATA Device DiamondMax 10 80 GB <--IDE DRIVE
DRIVE H: Seagate USB External HDD 250 GB <-- USB

The NEW HDD is a 'Western Digital WD1001FALS 1TB' 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 2 Internal

SPECS on New Drivere here----> - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

The section I am reading from can be found here---> GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-EP45-UD3P (rev. 1.1)

"Storage Interface South Bridge:
1. 6x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_0, GSATA2_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD

I need to know if I can simpy put this newest SATA II drive to any unsued SATA 2 cable?
Do I have to remove or move around any drives?
Is there a max supported drives for the motherboard?

Or anything anyone would like to add??

Answer:Need help installing new Western Digital 1 TB HDD

Oh yeah M8....
Just install in ur puter and connect to any of the MOBO unused SATA connections, pwr and data cables.
Check if HD is picked up in the BIOS durning start and or read in the device manager under disk drive
You need not move any of your drives around.....
I would guess that you can connect 6 SATA drives internally and a bunch externally....
luk dude....

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I got a new WD Hard drive for my second system but for some reason my xp pro disk only sees 137 gigs after install.
I did try to reformat and use the WD utility disk that came with it on a new partition but i get the same result after XP installs.
Im sure since my XP pro does not have SP1 this is the issue but how do i make it see all 350 gigs of the Hard drive?

My Hard drive is the Western Digital SATA Caviar SE (WD3200AAJS)
and my mobo on that system is a ASRock ALiveNF6G-VSTA
found here

Thank you for any help on this issue.

Answer:Western Digital HD cap issue

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Any opinions on which brand of hard drive is better quality wise?

Answer:Western Digital or Maxtor?

Personaly I prefer Western Digital. I have used both and have had way too many Maxtors literally blow up on me.

Plus, the Western Digitals (new line) are very quite.

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Why is it that this particular hd is so expensive? I mean, why would one want to purchase it instead of a larger, cheaper hd? Yep, I'm a newb to compy tech stuff.

Answer:Western Digital 74 gb 10,000 Raptor

It's the fastest hard drive available, and its reliable

Some people may say the 16mb maxtor's are faster though

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More competition and a mechanical drive maker entering the SSD space.

WD shipping consumer SSDs ? The Register

Answer:Western Digital Getting into SSD market

Hopefully competition will bring the prices down.

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I am puttin gtogether a PC for a friend. All is good but for the hard drive. The Hard drive is a Western Digital 160Gb with 8mb cache. When this drive is installed all it does is make a loud spinning noise. Drive shows up in BIOS but when it comes to operation it doesn't exist. On loading WinXP, the system doesn't display any drive to partition. I removed the 160GB drive and installed another. XP installed OK. I tried adding the 160GB as a slave, the spinning noise returns and the computer now fails to load XP. I tried this with the 160Gb as a slave on another system and got the same result.
I am looking to contact the vendor in the morning, but what I am asking is for your tech advice incase I am missing something.
Is this drive a duffer?

Also, when installing a 160Gb hard drive, is it the same routine as installing, say, an 80Gb?

Thank you for any of your posts.

Answer:Western Digital 160Gb H/D

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Hi everyone, I recently bought a My Book World NAS drive by Western Digital, it has been working fine until today, but this morning I noticed that it wasn't being detected by my PC when I started the PC up. So I manually restarted the drive using the power switch at the back, and all was fine.

I started to copy some files across (using Windows 7 Files & Settings Transfer) and half way through got an error message and a Windows Delayed Write Failed error. When I try and access the drive now it is not seen and Windows Explorer shows it as a Disconnected Network Drive. I have restarted the drive again, repeated the process and the same thing happens.

How do I fix this please, I don't want to have to keep re-starting the drive. I have recently upgraded the firmware to the latest version.

Also, my router seems to recognise the drive, the light for port 2 is lit. Also the white is on at the front of the unit. Is the drive on it's way out? This is going to be a major problem if so because I have just transferred over 200GB of data to it... how can I back that up if the drive is on it's way out?

Thanks for reading

Answer:Western Digital NAS box not recognised

First of all if the drive is out of warranty, you can open the drive and plug in bare sata drive to any sata port on your pc and copy out whatever you want to so not to worry.
I have been using Nas drives for years and the one issue I have always seen is the power cords go out and can cause what you are seeing. You probably have a 3 year warranty on that so I would contact WD. You can check "warranty status" on their site and request rma, but of course the first thing to do is carefully open it and copy out what is on it. They may also just know the issue and ie send you a new power cord as well.

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Hi Guys
I have a Westsern Digital passport to back up my computer OS Windowss 10. It fails to update, and when I check it out via their support it tells me to disable Anti virus and antimalware!! Would this be OK to do when I'm accessing the internet?

Answer:Western Digital passport

Yes it is ok for the short period of updating while performing the update for the reasons noted by WD.Critical: The following precautions must be performed before installing the firmware update. b][Failure to perform these precautions may cause data corruption/loss and/or drive failure[/b]:All AntiVirus software MUST be disabledAll Anti-Spyware software MUST be disabledANY and ALL programs that would require drive access during the update MUST be disabled and/or closedDo not disconnect, or cut power to the drive during the update process for any reason durring the firmware update processHow to update the firmware on a My Book or My PassportIMPORTANT: The following precautions should be taken before installing the firmware update.During the firmware update, DO NOT disconnect or disrupt the power to the drive.All AntiVirus software MUST be disabled.All Anti-Spyware software MUST be disabled.ANY and ALL programs that would require drive access during the update MUST be disabled.My Passport firmware update for Windows users

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I want to buy a new hard disk.
While I was searching I found two identical hard drives, but one was WESTERN DIGITAL and the other one was SEAGATE.

What do you think which one is better (or more reliable)?

Answer:Western Digital or Seagate?

Even though I personally use Seagate, I would vote for either one. I've had equally good and bad luck with all drive manufacturers.

With only those two options, anyone casting a vote would be seen as biased (IMO).

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Western Digital WD800

I'm trying to add this HDD to a old computer Iv just installed Windows XP Home on to retreive the files from it. The IDE cable that was already in the computer never had a option for Slave in the middle so I replaced it with one in my old computer that had one connected it all up and gave it power then booted up the computer and got the following error in grey with a black background..

Boot Failure
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device
Press any key when ready_

The weird thing is when I take off the 2nd HDD the computer boots up fine to Windows without the error, I say fine I get a small grey _ flashing in the top left corner and a black background just like the error I got before then a couple of seconds later Windows will boot up with no problems.

Can anyone let me know were I'm going wrong? ​

Answer:Western Digital WD800

Try connecting it as master on the other channel. But it sounds like you may have the jumpers wrong. The other drive on the cable may need to have its jumper changed, too, since some drives require a different setting if there is a slave present on the same cable.

Or you may be using a CS-only cable. Again, check the jumper on the other drive to find out.

If the other drive had XP on it, you will probably be locked out of the files. You will need to own them before you can access them (and some folders may appear empty when they are not).

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

(You do not need to go into Safe Mode as those directions say if you have XP Home. You can get the Security tab using this:

XP Security Tab Home Edition)

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I have looked, but cannot seem to find an external HDD dock that will take western digital EIDE Hard drives!
Can anyone recomend a suitable device, please?

Answer:HDD dock for Western digital

I suggest a Google search for "eide hard drive dock".
One result throws up on Amazon -

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Hi all,

So I have spent a very long time trying to figure out why Windows Vista will not recognize my HD during installation. I am using a 250gig Western Digital 2nd Gen Serial ATA Caviar SE - 7200 RPM drive, model number WD2500JS. The BIOS recognizes the drive, and what is odd is that once in a working Vista environment, Vista recognizes the drive, but yet does not during installation.

I have tryed to have the drivers available on a floppy disk during installation, Vista will recognize the drivers and attempt to install them, but yet still no luck in seeing an active drive to install to.

I have updated my BIOS settings.

I have used different cable connectors and SATA slots.

I have no idea. Is this hard drive not compatable to install Vista? I just don't understand why Vista will see the drive once loaded on a standard EIDE drive, but cannot install to it. Please help me.

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I have an hp 535 pavillon. I recently installed a 250 GB Western digital hard drive. The ORIGANIAL hard drive was a 40 GB Western digital. I installed it in the other bay and used Norton Ghost to clone it. everything is fine except I can not change the drive letter or get my pc to boot off the new drive. Help!

Answer:Western digital hardrive

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I loaded xp pro on new 1 terabye h/d and now computor takes forever to load ANY program or website. Also my brother with same h/d on entirely different pc has same problem. Is there some special way of loading these new h/d's ? I have intel 3.20ghz cpu with ram . Pc ran very fast before...Need some info please.

Answer:Western digital 1 terabye H/D

Did you remember to re-install ALL drivers for that machine ? ?Chepset drivers go 1st...

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My computer is stuck in a loop. Tries to startup but then gives a message:

"Stop: c0000218 (regisrty file failure)
The registry cannot load the hive(file)
\systemroot\system32\config\software or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent or not writable.
Beginning dump of physical memory registry file failure."

Is there some way to check for bad sectors even though it will not start up at all, just keeps rebooting, dump physical memory and reboots again?

I am running XP Pro.

Thanks and Have a Great Day

Answer:Western Digital HD with XP dead?

First thing I would do is take the hard drive out and attach it to the secondary channel of a working pc to salvage data. Once you have the data safely backed up, you can out it back, download and run WD diagnostics to rule out drive failure.

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I ghosted my maxtor harddrive to a 40 gig Western Digital harddrive and it will not run (the WD). Seems like I remember that WD has to have something installed on it before it will run correctly, even from scratch with a new operating system.
Is this correct, WD has to have a, what ever they (WD) calls it, to work in any computer? And if so, is this meaning I can not use a WD to clone my hard drive for futher use if need be?

I never have had any problems with a Maxtor as far as cloning or anything as far as that goes. What makes WD so complicated with their stuff?


Answer:Western Digital and Ghost

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Thinking of upgrading hard drive to 200 gig for handling DVD files. Instinct tells me Seagate (3 year warranty v 1 year from western digital). IBM offer 3 years on their deskstar but had one that recently went t*ts up & lost everything! (on enquiring via web a couple of folk referred to them as "DEATHSTAR" drives therefore not going there again! any suggestions / recommendations greatly appreciated.cheers

Answer:Seagate or Western Digital ?

SOME Western Digital HDD's (OEM versions) do carry a 3 year warranty. Have a look at this page click here

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Hello folks!My first post, I just need some help on how to proceed.At I have a new (~3mo) Western Digital 320Gb HDD which I connect through a hard drive enclosure no my notebook. The hard drive enclosure gave me good service with a 120GB Seagate drive (still works), so I don?t question it?s ability to do its function. On the previous weekend I was reinstalling my Windows so all my data from the Win partition went on that drive. Pretty much everything I ever had was on that drive. Anyway I think I put in the WD hdd and turned on the enclosure, but some minutes later I figured that it didn?t work. I looked at the back of the enclosure, the ON light wasn?t on, I flipped it a couple of times to no result. Taking out the hdd, I noticed it was extremely hot, with case being around 45C. Seeing as the hdd is only enclosed on the top, and the bottom is somewhat exposed, with some circuit board and what not, unlike Seagate which are completely enclosed. I happened to touch either the circuitry or the motor or what not, and burned my finger (2nd degree burn with blisters an all). Anyway after some smokey smells I figured the hdd wasn?t working. Measuring the resistance across the 12V/5V and Gnd I measure something close to 0ohms, unlike the working Seagate which gives around 70. So I figure some circuitry or wiring is fused inside.Unfortunately not only did the hard drive had ?private? files (documents, resumes, and probably more sensitive data), but also confidential files from work. W... Read more

Answer:Fried (?) Western Digital HDD

Sounds quite dire, but I think I would try connecting it to a desktop computer as a slave drive and see whether it runs and whether you can retrieve files from it.  Or, get one of these and try it:  BYTECC BT-200 USB2.0 to IDE Cable With Power Adapter - RetailHowever, again, the likelihood of success seems quite small, based on your description of the severity of the over-heating.

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Does anyone know where i can get a driver for my Vista 64 bit computer.
So that i can use my Western Digital WD 800 IDE hard drive (in an external case).
As i have tried to locate a driver for it, but i cannot find the USB to IDE driver as required when i connected it.



Answer:Western Digital Drivers

I really dont think you will be needing any drivers while using your HDD as an external source.... if its connected via USB then it should be plug and play same goes for connecting via external Sata
however should you need to obtain drivers then will be the best place to start looking

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Help! I have lost the CD for my Western Digital external hard drive. The model number is WD1200B015 and it is a Dual-Option USB drive. I've gone to their site but I don't know what I need to get. All I want is the CD installation files. I have no problems using the drive itself but without the files from the CD installed I can't use a lot of the options it has.

Answer:Western Digital Harddrive CD

Did you try here?

Put your Model Number in.

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Another problem with my computer stuff....

This time it's my External Hard Drive. When i plug it into the computer, literally nothing happens. It's not like the computer does not recognise it, it doesn't even show up on the safely remove, "My computer" and Device Manager.

The light is also flashing, Help would be greatly appreciated/

Answer:Western Digital External Help

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I bought a WD MY BOOK Premium ES Edition HD to backup several of my office PCs and laptops. I was told at the store I purchased from, this would not be a problem. Specifically, I told them the application was to go to each PC and back up data. I was told that I could name each of the PCs(or hard drives) and back them up at will; by name.  I have been looking all through this new drive and the support site for it and I have found no mention of this capability.So before I take it back to the store (BEst Buy) I would like to know if there is indeed any way to make this work for the above application.  Does anyone have any advice for this or how they would backup several devices not all on a network.Thank you

Answer:Anyone have experience with Western Digital USB HD

You ran into a Salesman...But more details would be helpful...when you say backup how are you doing it? ?What software do you plan on using? ?How many machines ? ?What is the frequency of the backups ? ?

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So ive got the new box set up...

I have just a 10 gig hooked up to run the OS...everything works just dandy.

When I hook up the slave 200 gig everything goes sour.When I boot it says "invalid partititon table"...or something to that effect.

Wont let me go any further,
What do I do?


Answer:Western Digital not being recognized?

Are you familiar with the concept of master and slave drives?
Is that new drive ATA or SATA?
Where did you hook up that new drive?
Did you connect the cables right?

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before i signed up i was on a page that was discussing my problem of finding a driver to make my western digtial my book 500 work on my new putter , it is a 64 bit Hp touchsmart. I have already called HP and they told me to contact Western Digital. This truely burns me to think I have a 64 bit putter and hardly any of my software , external drives, usb stitks , work ... Also just the putter itself with the programs that came on it hardly work .. why would someone make a putter like this.? I guess if you did nothing all day except surf the net it might be ok, but for me being a Master Stitcher, Master Designer,Master Graphic working a business with large files I really thought buying a new putter would be the answer. So I know all of yall out on this list are going to 100 x more smarter than me on helping me get this to work. I truely appreciate all your answers that will come my way. Thanks for being so patience with me. another forum today was ugly and unthinkable. What is a tag? Thanks, mkpgranny

Answer:western digital my book 500

this is the best i can do for you with out knowing which my book it is.

WD Support > Downloads > My Book

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A new hard drive format is now being used by Western Digital.
The new format, called Advanced Format, removes Sync/DAM blocks and increases data integrity. New Western Digital format squeezes 11% more capacity from drives. The only model that is using Advanced Format is WD?s Caviar Green. source.

Answer:New Western Digital format.

WD Caviar Green hard drives, the world’s first 2TB drive
Check link for info on its features and new innovative technologies introduced by WD.

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just bought the WD2002FAEX. Its a SATA 3 controller, and I have the Asus P6T SE board.... installed properly and got it to show up in BIOS and Explorer but it keeps telling me Access is Denied... later set the jumper to 3.0gb/s but still no progress. does this mean my drive is DOA or is there another inherent problem I'm not aware of?

Answer:Western Digital 2TB not working

Did you format it yet?

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Whats the Western Digital HardDrive Format program.  Its a Western Digital Caviar 20.5 Gb WD205AA-OOANAO.  I only have MAxblast which doesn't work on the drives and not sure what Western Digital program is.

Answer:Western Digital Formater

why not just use your windows CD? assuming windows is your OS.

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I'm having to replace my hard drive because of a mechanical failure and thought I'd take the opportunity to upgrade to a SATA 250GB drive. I now have the choice between these:Maxtor Maxline Plus 2 SATA 7,200rpm UDMA150 8MB CacheWestern Digital Caviar SATA UDMA150 7,200rpm 8MB Cache (JD)I'm looking for the best performance, although noise levels are also something I am taking into consideration.

Answer:Maxtor or Western Digital?

best hard drives atm are seagate's

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Small problem here, when I double click on the My Book Drive, it does not open like other drives, I have to right click and choose open, is there a way to change this and have it open when I double click on it.

This article mentions the problem:

The final My Book anomaly we spotted was how the My Book is factored into My Computer within the Windows OS. It installs itself automatically when plugged into a PC, without you needing to install its drivers and this means that rather than seeing a standard disk icon in My Computer (as you would if you slotted in a flash disk) you see WD’s My Book logo icon. Clicking this starts an autorun menu (with which you can install standard Google apps such as Desktop Search), but it also means that you must right-click your way to ‘Explore’ the My Book from My Computer, rather than double-clicking the icon to access the drive’s contents. A bit niggly.

Answer:My Book Western Digital

It seems to open now when I double click on it, I deleted all the files that came pre installed on it, I guess that did it.

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Can one install the Western Digital Overlay on WD 1600 BEVS-60 RST SCSI hard dive with Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit on it?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56, x64 Family 15 Model 72 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1981 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 144231 MB, Free - 45196 MB; D: Total - 8393 MB, Free - 1793 MB; G: Total - 953865 MB, Free - 570860 MB;
Motherboard: Quanta, 30B7, 65.2B, None
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Thank you for your help.

Answer:Western Digital Overlay

First off, I do not know the answer to your question as to whether is can be done. But, I will advise you to avoid overlays if possible. Use whatever other means that may be available to you to accomplish what you want.

Overlays have always introduced a layer on instability.

What is it you want to accomplish? Perhaps we can help you do it another way.

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I just got a new 250GB Passport. It was working fine for about 3 days, then it all of a sudden said "write delay failed" or something similar, and it keeps "unplugging" like i'm disconnecting the usb cable and then plugging it back in. The drive always has it's light on, but it keeps acting up. I've tried using a different cable, and it did the same thing. All my other drives/usb devices work fine.

Any ideas?


Answer:New Western Digital HD Not working....

Other than being a bad drive? Down load the tools from Wd and see if it will run long enough to test. ed

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Has anyone tried to use some WD's Diag software with Win 7 X64?

Floppy disk maker:
Wouldn't work.... continually complained because the floppy was write protected when in fact it wasn't. Tried numerous ploys to get around the error but in the end I failed. Even tried formating a floppy and copying the dlgdiag5.exe to it floppy booted fine the exe would not load.
ISO for CD:
Wouldnt work.....machine would boot up and show it was loading Caldera Dos but then would stop there with a blank screen. I would assume at this point that the exe file was at fault. Tried a couple different ploys on this to no avail.
Diags for Win:
Really had a hard time getting this to load into the system but was finally succesful. Yet when I invoked it the Window came up but when I tried any diag it returned a message that the sata cable was bad. Which can not be true.

Answer:Western Digital Diags

Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead

Has anyone tried to use some WD's Diag software with Win 7 X64?

Floppy disk maker:
Wouldn't work.... continually complained because the floppy was write protected when in fact it wasn't. Tried numerous ploys to get around the error but in the end I failed. Even tried formating a floppy and copying the dlgdiag5.exe to it floppy booted fine the exe would not load.
ISO for CD:
Wouldnt work.....machine would boot up and show it was loading Caldera Dos but then would stop there with a blank screen. I would assume at this point that the exe file was at fault. Tried a couple different ploys on this to no avail.
Diags for Win:
Really had a hard time getting this to load into the system but was finally succesful. Yet when I invoked it the Window came up but when I tried any diag it returned a message that the sata cable was bad. Which can not be true.

Try running Seagate SeaTools. It's made for Seagate, but will work for any manufacturer's hard drive. Redirect

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I have a 80 GB external harddrive and I plug it into my computer using a usb cable and my computer finds the hardware and installs the driver and everything worked fine.

I've been out of town for a month or so and now that i get back and plug everything back in my HD will not open.

Everytime I click on the F: drive in My Computer it will open a window and that window will freeze and when I hit control-alt-delete it says Not Responding. I have all my files and programs on this harddrive can anyone help me so I can get it to work again.

I'm using XP Pro any help is appreciated.

Answer:Western Digital External HD

I don't have a quick solution for you yet but the last thing you should try is removing the drive from the case and installing it on your computer as an IDE device (slave). You should be able to access your data that way.

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Ok so I have two HDDs that need to be RMAed.
I try out the Advanced RMA, which says they'll send me a replacement at no cost as long as I send in my faulty ones before 30 days..

ok so I just checked my checking account, and it states that 300.00 $ USD has been taken out.

Um. Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm -279.99 atm, should I opt out? They said they wouldn't charge me....

help... thanks.

Answer:What the crap western digital!

yes, you should definitely call the company and see whats going on.. cuz that just ain't right

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Hello all, Western Digital has enjoyed participating in the forum of It is with regret that we won?t be posting in the forum any longer; however we encourage our customers to visit our WD community at or via customer service at for WD related questions. Sincerely yours.

Western Digital representative

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Model - WD essential 160gb.....THe blue WD icon which used to appear on the left handside of the drive name is also missing now.

1. When i "right-click - explore" or "double click" on the WD drive on my desktop i get this -

2. When i autoplay, then i get this -

I was able to browse the disk applying the 1st step itself, but now i have to autoplay everytime :huh:

Its been a week since i bought this drive.

I have posted the query in ASK WD question section on
for 1 day the status of my query was "unresolved", the next day it was solved, but i could not c the soulution, then i updated my question, then after 24 hrs again it showed 'solved', but i could not c it now also.I did not recieve any mail from them regarding the soulution.

I'm soooo irritated, they say the after sales service of WD is good, but their email service is worst!!!

I think they have set a timer that after 24 hrs all unresolved queries will show as solved just like that :S

heres how "MY WD ASK A QUESTION" looks, tell me where do u c the solution?!!!! -[/B]


Answer:For WESTERN DIGITAL users.......

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someone told me that it would die in two years flat? what did they mean? i always thought western digital was a GREAT company for hard drives?

Answer:What did someone mean when they said that my Western Digital will die in 2 years?1?!?

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