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Western Digital Mybook 1 TB World edition , network drive

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I have a Western digital mybook world 1 TB world edition, which is a network storage device. I connected this to both my laptop and desktop using the mionet software. Sometimes i would lose the connection on the computer and when i power off and power on the device, it will show up again on the PC.  But now i dont even see it after if i reboot the device it wont show up on my computer anymore.
I can ping the device and I also can map it the public folder but I cant map the files I have stored already ( which is about 500 GB).
Is there any way I can map the drive with the information I have stored? or can i atleast bring back the drive so i can move my information?
One thing i can tell is, the drive is fine, it still shows how much free space it has.

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by:Brian Pringle
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You can always connect the drive to a computer directly using the USB cable.

As for the MioNET software, it is horrible.  I have a client that bought one of these and he uses it as a SMB server (normal Windows shares).  He then uses a free program from Microsoft called SyncToy to synchronize/backup his files on the device.
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You mean using a male to male usb cable?
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by:Brian Pringle
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If I remember correctly, it was just a standard A-to-B printer cable.  It will show up in Windows as a standard external drive and it will then be assigned a drive letter that you can use just like any other drive.
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the problem is, on the mybook device, the connector is standard usb not the printer type usb connection. So, I have to find a male to male USB cable which is hard to find unless order it from online.
Any suggestions?
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by:Brian Pringle
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Do you have a "Big Lots" store in your area?  They are usually the cheapest place to get USB cables.  They usually have a universal kit for about $10.
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Even Wal-Mart has them in a universal kit, but you will pay more.
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Thanks for the info, i will go to big lots or wall mart now and check it first, i will update you ASAP
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I bought the USB kit from the big lots and used the male to male connector from the storage device to my pc, but it doesent recognize anything. Any other options?
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by:Brian Pringle
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Based on that and the original problem, I would assume that the device itself is going bad.  You can still access your information if you take the hard drive out of the case and use an IDE-to-USB adapter (as long as the hard drive didn't fail).

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2329300&CatId=3770
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Okay I bought the adapter and removed the hard disk from the console and connedted it to my PC using SATA to USB connector. Now, my pc recognize it it says new storage device is ready to use, but when i go to my computer I dont see the external drive. Then I went to control panel - administrative tools - computer managment - disk management and I can see the 1 TB drive and partions but I dont know what to do from now onwerds. When I right click the drive under computer managment, the only option I get is Delete volume.

What should I do?
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What happens if you right-click on the individual partitions?  Can you assign a volume?

On second thought, if they are formatted in as Linux partitions, then Windows will not recognize them.  You may have to get a Linux disc, boot from it, and copy your files from there to the local hard drive.  Knoppix is a good distribution for using a "Live Boot CD".  You put the disc in the drive, boot from it, and it works from the disc, but leaves Windows alone on your hard drive.

Knoppix - http://www.knoppix.net/
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This is what i did to fix this issue. I created a new mionet account, then went to shared storage manager using the IP address of the device, reset the drive and logged in using my new mionet account, it recognized the drive. I figured that the problem is with my mionet account.

After i got access to my drive, then i moved all my information to the Public folder, then I uninstalled mionet and mapped the public drive.
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