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Windows is not reading Western Digital external hard disk

Q: Windows is not reading Western Digital external hard disk

I have a western digital 1 tb hard disk. which was working fine few hours ago.
but now when I am connecting it it is not showing in my computer.
I am using a windows 7 X64 machine.
I have tried every thing.
when I uninstall the driver from device manager and connect it again, windows tries to
install the driver but fails every time.

I have lot of important data on the drive
Plzzzz Helppp

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Look Shawn I ma no expert but have you tried DISKPART to see if it is in there - I sometimes have this problem and pretty well all the time it will show up in that.

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I connected it to my other laptop nc6010 and it works fine...

its just this laptop and my other custom desktop won't recognize it...
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Please help!!! is there any chance i can fix this?

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I guess there is mechanical problem with the hard drive. you can try checking and repairing bad sectors (, or just send it to some drive repair center.
but, if there is important files on the drive, you'll have to recover data before repairing it.
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A:Western Digital External Hard Drive

Quote: Originally Posted by richc46

I am planning on buying a Sata, external Hard Drive. I plan to use it now with Vista Home Premium 64, with my new OS 7, when I receive the DVD, in Oct., and finally just with 7. Does anyone have any experience with this hard drive and its compatiblity with Windows 7. Thanks

WD had a bad period for a couple of years in the race with Maxtor, but their products have improved to the level they once had, since last year.

If you connect the sata drive with USB2, it will be horribly slow.

If your computer has an e-sata connection, buy an e-sata external disk and the performance will be equal to internal drive.

There are also e-sata adapter boards to put into your computer, allowing you to connect the e-sata drive.

Just something to think about.

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If you go to the device manager, does the external show and have a drive letter assigned?
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Have you tried plugging the external into some other port on the PC?

You need to go to WD web site and download their disk tool for that particular drive. It will have a couple of tests. Try the simple quick one first.

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I would run CHKDSK /R driveletter:

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I'm still confused. What is it you want to do?

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Firstly confirm the external drive and USB cable works in another computer
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USB device (particularly a drive) not recognized can be a USB power issue

Are you plugging into a laptop or desktop?
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Have you tried accessing this drive on another computer?
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Hive info on the HDD is protected. Missing drive info? That's why your getting that error message to format it but you don't. What OS did you have prior?

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Backup the data on the drive and then see if there is a firmware update for it. Install.
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So, are the other computers saying it is unformatted, too? Go through this thread, there are quite a few solutions listed.
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As a quick test have you plugged the drive into another system?

Have you tried another usb port on your system?
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What can I try? Is there anything I need to tell you to help me?

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S.m.a.r.t logs hardware failures at hardware level. That disk is dead.

Can you try booting and then connecting it afterwards? If it is a SATA disk it will get recognized eventually, but might also freeze the PC.

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Have you tried updating the bios? Some older MB's have trouble with larger drives.
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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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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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A:Western Digital External HDD Problem - Help Please!

The first thing I'd try .. Is run a Data recovery on it.
See if the data recovery can see the drive and recover the files.

Recuva is popular here at TSG .. Here's a list of recommended Recover programs.
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I think it would be better to get an enclosure .. And a good quality Hard Drive of your choice ..
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Tried another PC? Its possible something in the enclosure died and the drive itself is fine. Could open the enclosure up and put the drive in another one or put it internally in a PC.
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First Rule is to Copy and Paste and then Delete.
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A:My external Western Digital HDD is not recognized

Personally in my line of work, I've had to recover a lot of failing hard drives, but never did I have to recover one that had been dropped, that's a new one for me. I have heard, but never used, that program you speak of. I myself try to do my best to transfer information on a "going out" hard drive to another, rather than try and "regenerate" one.

Now mind you, the hard drive has been dropped, if dropped upon a carpeted floor, you may have a chance! Dropped upon a hard wood floor or tile floor and linoleum flooring, you most likely are out of luck.

If you can you should try and find yourself a spare hard drive, hook it up to your system and try running a program called "Drive Copy"! Might have better luck to just copy the hard drive, as it is now. Then worry about reforming or regenerating a hard drive.

And if all else fails, you said two key words in your post, which were brand new, you said the drive is brand new, so if you got the original packaging, sometimes not required, and you still have the sales slip, package all that together, and get yourself back to the store and get another new external hard drive.

"Seriously Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. salesperson, the drive just wont work, I can only wonder why" :rolleyes:

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Is there not a reset button on the back that you can press to reset it?
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Is there anything on this drive that needs to be kept or can you backup anything on it to another?

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Those are some of the classic signs that the drive is failing. Your options are to try some recovery software, free or otherwise, try to image the drive with something like Acronis True Image with the ignore bad sectors option turned on (check which version supports that option before using), or possibly running a program like SpinRite from targeted at the drive (Ideally making an image first to get what you can and then run SpinRite which may very well make it possible to recover all the data...or kill the drive if its a mechanical problem because SpinRite works the drive pretty hard.
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Was it previously recognised, but won't now?

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A:Western Digital External Drive Problem

You can buy an external case replacement. The drive will mount inside the case. I'm not sure what size you've got, but you can start here and refine your search.
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A:Western Digital MyBook external HD malfunctioning

1) If you just bought it, your best resolution might be to simply return/exchange for another one

2) For general reference, See Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive and note the first couple steps. Try
> Running Windows Update
> Running the DriveCleanup tool

3) Also, do you have the same problem with a different computer? You can also test it on your computer under Knoppix (to see if it's a Windows issue or not) See How to recover your folders/files when Windows won?t boot for how to create a bootable Knoppix CD. Then boot up and test it
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A:western digital external hd no longer recognized

Good Afternoon professor stas, these kinds of devices on USB can really be difficult to troubleshoot.
Rather than get too involved and possibly damage something, the easiest path is to remove the drive from the case and then install it as fixed drive in a machine.
This avoids the go-between stuff that most likely will be causing your problem.

With windows it is not uncommon to sneeze and you will lose your USB stuff!

Another option may be to run a live Linux system, this is where a different reliable kind of operating system would load.
This path would need a bit of re-learning. (fifteen minutes or so!) LOL!

Others will have different ideas.

There are all kinds of options.
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Do you still require assistance with this issue?
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I probably can't help, but a couple basic questions ...

Model of the external drive?

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Have you tried several USB ports?

Does it still work with another computer?
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It's possible that the light will flash in standby mode as long as there is power from the USB hub. There is some information here which might help
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Typically, this means your drive is dead and salvage is very expensive.
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What's the make/model # of the external drive?
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Files that are not backed up are files you do not expect to keep.

Why was it initialized as GPT?

Try recovering the files or partition table with Testdisk (for Windows). Do not run chkdsk, or make any other changes to the drive until your files are recovered or they will be gone forever.

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Free recovery applications:

Paragon Rescue Disk Free Edition (Undelete partitions, boot corrector, file recovery)
Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
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Mabey the usb cable is not functioning properly.

Does your hard drive give any indication as to whether or not it is recieving power??