WD 250GB My Book Essential External USB HDD showing up as Local Hard Disk in Win XP Pro SP3

I have a Western Digital 250GB My Book external hard disk drive which for some 'unknown' reason has started showing up as a Local Hard Disk in Windows XP as opposed to under Removable Media. I have done the following w/o any success:

1) Uninstall all USB hubs and re-install
2) deleted infcache.1 file from c:\windows\inf
3) deleted the MBR on the external HDD, formatted it
4) tried all USB ports on my laptop
5) used another laptop running Winows Vista Pro - same result ie showing as local hard disk

I think there is an .inf file on the root of the external USB HDD which has been over written and may be that is why it is defaulting to a Local Hard Disk

I have run the WD diagnostic software and there are no errors on the drive. Does anyone know who Win XP Pro can get the correct descriptor.

As per Device Manager: WD 2500JB External USD Drive

Registry dump
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"DeviceDesc"="Disk drive"
"Mfg"="(Standard disk drives)"
"FriendlyName"="WD 2500JB External USB Device"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USBSTOR\Disk&Ven_WD&Prod_2500JB_External&Rev_0108\57442D5743414E4B38393339333435&0\Device Parameters]



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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You need to wipe the drive. Then it will be detected as absolutely new drive.
gopher1Author Commented:
Hi Noxcho, I have wiped the drive using CCleaner but it still shows as a local disk. Is there a specific disk wiping utility that I may use?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Get the western digital tool and fill the drive with zeros. It is analogue of wiping.
Download DataLifeGuard from here when it detects your external HDD - double click on it and select write zeros. This is long time operation.
Other free-ware wipers: http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2006.04.13-HDD-Wipe-Tool/
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gopher1Author Commented:
Wiped with WD tool - still showing up as a local hard disk.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Have you tried to connect it to another machine?
gopher1Author Commented:
I have connected it to a Windows Vista machine and it still gets recognized as a Loacal Hard Disk. I think the issue may be that the original .inf files on the hard drive have been overwritten which contained info about the removable media bit.
I have spoken to WD support and they say that they have no way of getting those files to me.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If you wipe the drive there is no ini file left for sure.
Problem could be in enclosure itself. If the drive is on warranty, replace it.

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