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New Build: Western Digital Blue or Black?

Q: New Build: Western Digital Blue or Black?

This build will be for my 77 year old mother who lives in another state and I am trying to build this as stable and problem free preventative mode as best as I can with the understanding that any hardware can fail at any time.

Anyway, NewEgg is having both their Blue and Black WD 1TB hard drives on sale that goes off of sale after tomorrow. I know Black is often the choice due to build quality and 5 year warranty. However, the Blue would really help budget wise because every dollar counts and it sees many people have had good success with the Blue.

She does MS Office, email, surfing plus she has an online business that keeps her very busy along with uploading a lot of photos.


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A: New Build: Western Digital Blue or Black?

Blue. Because of her work tasks.
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For a while now, I've been curious to know what the differences are in the Western Digital Caviar Series.
So far as I know, Black is high performance, Green is eco-friendly and slow, but I'm not sure what the Blue series has to offer, other than a lower price tag.
Can anyone clearify what the techinical differences are between Black and Blue? For high performace reasons, I bought the Black series for my tower, but what would I have been missing out on had I gone for the Blue series?

Thanks in advance.

A:Western Digital hard drives: The differences between Black and Blue Series

In theory, the Black is supposed to be the faster drive. In actuality, there isn't much between them. Speed rather depends on platter size and cache - The Black drives are either 32 or 64Mb cache, while the Blue drives top out at 32Mb.
Black drives carry a five year warranty, while Blue drives are three years which is probably of more significance.
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A:Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB
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Just received this drive today. Previously using a WD 320 SATA 2 drive which works perfectly. Wanted to use the new drive being it has a 32 bit buffer but having problems. I cannot complete any install with Vista because it is always looking for drivers. Motherboard is a KSI K9A2 CF. Tried everything I can think of but really like to use this drive as a boot drive.. The drive partitions and formats without a problem, just will not let you use it as a boot drive. Any ideas..

A:New Western Digital Cavair Black

Originally Posted by markst

Just received this drive today. Previously using a WD 320 SATA 2 drive which works perfectly. Wanted to use the new drive being it has a 32 bit buffer but having problems. I cannot complete any install with Vista because it is always looking for drivers. Motherboard is a KSI K9A2 CF. Tried everything I can think of but really like to use this drive as a boot drive.. The drive partitions and formats without a problem, just will not let you use it as a boot drive. Any ideas..

If you're saying/thinking that Vista is looking for drivers for that hard drive, that's not the case as it's not a requirement. Unless the hard drive is bad or damaged, your issues lay elsewhere.

- Check that the SATA cable is correctly hooked up, same for power connections.
- Check that the hard drive is connected to the correct SATA ports and that the ports are properly configured through the BIOS.

What Vista "might" be looking for are the MB's SATA/RAID drivers.

Are you using RAID? Is the SATA port the HD is on set to RAID? Again, check the BIOS settings. Unless you?re using RAID, you should be set to IDE/SATA. Check your manual though.

And for your reference, I just moved from 4 WD 320gig HD's to two 500Gig Caviar Blacks. One containing Vista Ultimate x64, the other containing Windows 7 x64. No special required to install the OS.
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A:Western Digital 1TB Black Caviar

There isn't anything special that you should have to do. As long as it your box recognizes the drive, you should get all of the capacity. A 1TB drive will show up as 931GB to Windows 7.
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OK, I hope you guys can give me some advice here. Just installed my new WD Black Caviar 1TB.
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Obviously the 1TB drive is the fastest, so I would like to utilize it fully. Should I move my default OS here? Should I partition it first? Or should I keep my data on this?
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A:Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB

What I usally do is this, and for the record I just bought that same drive from newegg for $90.00 so im stoked for its arrival!

First I always partition the drive in 2

Give your first partition something like 400 gigs and the d partition 600
I only install OS and Apps to the C drive all DATA, Images, saves, documents, pictures,music reside on D

so when I reformat I dont lose my data just the apps and its a much faster re-install.

I also leave in a secondary Drive or an external drive and use that for backups of the D important data so if one drive dies your set.

I don't do any mirror because of costs, and speed issues (no im not setting up raid 0, or 5 on a home PC) my method works and is cheap done multiple recoveries this way.

Always do a fresh install never upgrade over something if possible!

When installing new devices remove all refrences to old devices PRIOR to installing new hardware.

Thats all I can tell you. Been living by this for years and no problems since.
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A:Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX Health bad

If everything is passing then it may have been a glitch in the software and it just lost it's ability to talk to the drive.

Obliviously you should always be making backups anyway.
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A:Bad sector on Western Digital Caviar Black

Time for a new drive. I've been where you are now. There are times when diagnostics can fix certain sector issues, but like you I have had to get a replacement because it was beyond the drive's controller to rectify the problem.

A shame for you because the WD Caviar Blacks are some of their best.
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A:Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX Health bad

While Defraggler worked great in XP and was superior to XP's native defragger, I've found that it doesn't play well with Win 7 and caused far more problems than it corrected. It also was as slow as a dead turtle with four broken legs. Win 7's native defragger works much, much better than Defraggler and it's all I use now. I have it set on my computer to automatically defrag my HDDs (SSDs should never be defragged) every Wednesday during the wee hours (when I'm normally sawing logs). I check to see how fragmented my drives are every once in a blue moon and they are almost always at 0% (once in a while one of them may get up to a whopping 1%).

To get to Win 7's defragger, just hit the Windows key and type "defrag" (without the quotes).
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A:Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb sata

I have a couple of 1TB Greens in external enclosures.
I like them because they run cooler and my externals don't have good cooling ... And I don't run them all the time.

I'm using 640GB Blacks in my Tower.
Their supposed to be better because of the double Disc Bearings .. and have a 5 year warranty.
I've heard that if the disc support gets sloppy .. It has trouble reading the disc.

My 640 backs are just a little noisy as compared to my older 320s ... The double platters are not balanced perfectly.
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A:WTF western digital scorpio blue

Don't overlook bad or cheap ram. That can cause corrupt data on the hard drive too.

As for suing WD, that's pointless. If the drive is still under warranty they'll replace it once you've tested it with their own diagnostic software to confirm the drive is faulty. If it's out of warranty, WD are not liable anyway.

Bottom line is, you can't blame the drive until you've tested it with the maker's software.
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A:main drive replacement - western digital re enterprise black...

Hi, For servers, I would recomment to use Enterprise HDD or SSD. Some HHD's can do 10K or 15K rpm. They are more expensive but the will do the job. Regards.
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A:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM - Dead Sectors?

Run the manufacturer's diagnostics on the run and get a their result, also the WD diagnostics offer an option to repair the drive - you may have to run the CD version of the diagnostics to be offered the repair though. Or if the drive fails then you can use the error code to have the drive replaced under the 3 or 5 year warranty.

WD diagnostics:
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A:Solved: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB as boot drive?

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A: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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A: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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A:Western Digital HDD USB 3.0

Does the Ext HD have a ON/OFF power switch ?
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A:western digital HD

Which partition you are trying to format ?
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A: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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2) It doesnt show up in my computer

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A: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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A: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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A: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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A: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.
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You need not move any of your drives around.....
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luk dude....
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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...

A: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 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.

A: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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If I were to get one of Western Digital's Raptor 10,000RPM hard drives, I was wondering what I should put on it.

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But what sort of things would I put on the Raptor? I'm guessing putting Windows on it would decrease boot times, and I suppose I should put games that have incredibly long loading times so that they can load faster.

Really, I just want to clarify that this would be the proper use of the drive, and whether or not it is worth the insane $:GB ratio for the performance benefits.

Or should I just buy a 320GB and a 500GB?

A:Western Digital Raptor...

Not having ever owned something that zoomed like 10K RPM, I would guess that the extra 2,800 RPM wouldn't make the extra money worthwhile. It's still not filling the SATA throughput cap of 3GB/s. Not a bleedin' chance.

Tell me if I'm wrong here, I'm just taking a stab at it.
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A:Solved: ps3 with Western Digital AV-25

got it just because just needed format as for the drive well see how long it last but it does work. i still want to know what the difference is i mean is it just really titled differently to attract certain customers.
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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.

A: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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A: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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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)
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found here

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I am running XP Pro.

Thanks and Have a Great Day

A: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 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?

A: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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Western Digital WD I m trying to add this HDD to a old computer Iv just installed Windows XP Home on to retreive the Western WD800 Digital files from it The IDE cable that was already in the computer never had a option Western Digital WD800 for Slave in the middle so I replaced it with one in my old computer that had one connected Western Digital WD800 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 nd 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 nbsp

A: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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A: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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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.



A: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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A:Western Digital 2TB not working

Did you format it yet?
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A: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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Hello Sf
I am having problems with my brand new
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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

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

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A:Western Digital Getting into SSD market

Hopefully competition will bring the prices down.
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A: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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A:What did someone mean when they said that my Western Digital will die in 2 years?1?!?
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A: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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A: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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A: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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A:Western Digital (Discontinue)

The model you require may have been washed away by the recent flooding in Thailand?
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Wont let me go any further,
What do I do?


A: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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A:Western digital 1TB HD not being picked up as connected

Any thoughts from anybody at all?
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A:Western Digital WD20EARS Question

That drive is toast, I have seen this problem with a lot of these 2GB drives which is why I will not buy one, if it is under warranty then you are in luck and WD will replace it, hopefully you did not have any data on it.
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Welcome to BP crystal1 Don't worry about posting in here as you say it for WinXp in your post easy mistake to make. The mods should move it for you when they come around. Edit typo
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I have a Western Digital Elements which has been working properly. This morning when I connected it to my laptop, i heard few weird 'tik tik tik' sounds when it was connected to laptop. Then the laptop could not detect my hardisk.

I tried connecting it to other laptops but the problem still persists; hardisk not detected and the tik sound.

I went to Google the solution but could not find suitable one. In the disk management, my hardisk is shown as not initialized and unknown, but there was no unallocated space at the right hand side as indicated by some other users.

Attach is the screen shot of my disk management, anyone please kindly help!

I am ready to give up my hardisk, but I just wanna get back my data inside, thanks!

A:Not initialized Western Digital Elements

It's either the hard drive or the enclosure. It's time to take the enclosure apart and try the hard drive on another usb adapter or on sata within a tower.
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You say it made a noise. What kind of a noise was it? It sounds like the motor or heads are damaged, which would definitely make data recovery your only option. However, if it is only the controller board that has failed, it is possible (although difficult) to replace the board with one from an identical, working drive.

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A:Have You Bought A Western Digital Hd Since 2001

Miss that one, or are they different?

Yeah, WD has been dealing with its fans for a little while now.
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Ah, clicking sounds from HDDs often are indicative that it has bit the dust. I'm rather confused what was meant by "... then I realized that it was the power,"

Do you have another computer you could plug the drive into to see if it works?
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A:Western Digital and Maxtor Cant Play Together

vidkid1 said:

Okay, I have these 2 drives chained together on an IDDE card (PCI), one is the WD and the other is the Maxtor. When they share an IDDE ribbon, they dont show up as mounted, when they are booted up one without the other on the same ribbon / cable they show up fine, even directly on the MB, nothing, independently works but the second I daisy chain them off the same IDDE cable...nothing. It came to the point where now I have them on separate IDDE channels solo working great.

Does anyone know of imcompatible drive issues between the two or am I missing something?Click to expand...

Did you make sure to jumper one as master and the other as slave?
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Go into Disk Manager and crate a partition or however many you want, commit changes and format them to be able to use them.
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Depending on which os you`re running will determin how much of the harddrive will be recognised.

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A:Western Digital My Passport not deducting

Hello kiwijery and welcome mate what you can do is to download and make a bootable Ubuntu disk (DVD).

Download and save from here when it has been saved burn to disk.

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A:31.3GB found on a Western Digital 3TB drive

Go to start type in diskmgmt.msc hit enter. Take a screen shot of disk management and post here on your next post.
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