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WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com.

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I have a simple USB 3.0 disk docking for SATA disk which I thought I could use daily backup for server. So, I like it to make it hot swap enabled. I disabled write caching on the disk and tested a couple of hot swap (without doing 'safely remove, plug and unplug), it seemed it works well, didn't have any problem. But when I checked windows event, there was a warning , Event ID 57 'The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur.' and source is 'ftdisk'.

It seems like turning off writing cache on the disk itself is not the only thing to enable this SATA disk hot swap. What are the other steps I have to do?

host: windows XP, USB 2.0
docking station: USB 3.0
disk: Western Digital WD2500YS 250GB
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I'd like your inputs to help decide whether to use conventional Western Digital Velociraptor or solid state drives on a new PC for a user.

The PC will be either a Dell Optiplex or Dell Precision Workstation. Processors will be i5, i7, or Xeon. Still deciding that based on inputs from another question. Will use Windows 7 Pro. The user's storage requirements are not high - about 9 GB total. No work with video, audio, images, etc.

I am very happy with Velociraptors and yet the SSDs provide higher performance and less noise.

How do they compare in reliability?

I have seen some suggestions of an SSD for C: and a conventional drive for data storage.Do you concur? Or do you think one drive is sufficient?

Thanks,
Pete
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Hello experts

I'd like to have a reliable 3TB HDD  and wondering which of the HDDs is better.

I bought WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive:

http://www.amazon.com/WD-Red-NAS-Hard-Drive/dp/B008JJLW4M

and WD Elements 3 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive which has a WD Green drive:

http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Desktop-External-Hard-Drive/dp/B004SH5VQ4/

Since I don't have a desktop or a NAS, I intend to get an external HDD enclosure for WD Red. AFAIK, WD Red is supposed to be reliable than WD Green but I wonder if WD Red + enclosure would be efficient considering WD Red is supposed to be a NAS drive.

Any comments would be great. Thanks
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This will hopefully be a real easy question for someone who has it; and probably insanely difficult for anyone else.

I am looking for, some kind of storage unit, that can house a large number of Western Digital MyBooks (external Hard Drives in their own enclosure).  I've got about 24 of these right now, half of which are USB 2.0, other half are 3.0.  They all require their own power, plugged into an AC outlet; which means each unit has two cables coming out the back of it.  Since the number of these drives has grown so large, I am trying to find some kind of wood or plastic unit that is designed to hold them all.  The ability to hold some of them, if not all 24, would still be preferable to housing none of them.

Before I start to plan out some dimensions and build the thing myself out of wood, I was hoping that maybe someone knew of a product that is designed to hold all these things together, maybe provide some air flow, and/or have a locking door to it, etc.  So far, whenever I do a search for MyBook and the word storage, well, all you get is the MyBook because its a data storage device.  Mannn...


Thanks.
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I have a Verizon FIOS DVR box.  I have 2 Western Digital DVR expanders; they look just like WD external Hard Drives (MyBook).  They connect through the eSATA port on the DVR, but there is only one port.  Is there a device to connect two or more eSATA devices to the one port ?

Thanks.
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Recently I bought 2 new HDD 3TB:
1 Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB
1 Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Those drive uses 4K clusters.
I'm currently using them to backup my files with an External Enclosure. However, even after reading a lot of forum on the subject, I'm still not able to find any solution to my problem.
When I'm backing files from one of my computer with an HDD enclosure and I try to connect the disk to an other computer, the hard drive is showed in the Disk Management but not initialize. When I initialize it, it shows no partition and it ask to be formatted. I take the HDD without formatting and put it back to the Original computer, and everything is there. It does the same with my other HDD but it appears initialized with a RAW partition on it. My question here is why it does that? is it because there's a special signature on the formating?(if so, that's not very usefull if a system fails). Does it has something to do with BIO and UEFI? I just don't understand the usage of a backup drive if you can't use them on multiple computers.
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I have a 2.5" Western Digital drive which I connect to my laptop via one of the USB ports. I was just wondering what it would take to encrypt that drive. Currently, none of the other drives on my system are encrypted, and I only want to encrypt the one connected to the USB port. When I purchased the laptop directly from Dell a couple of weeks ago, I elected to do so without encrypting the disk, so I'm assuming there's no encryption software installed. If after encrypting the drive I can "see" it only from the laptop, that's fine with me. Any suggestions?
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Hi,

I have a Western Digital USB 3.0 1 TB dead portable hard disk.

Can you suggest some inexpensive data recovery software that I can purchase to recover data from my dead USB 3.0 WD portable hard disk.

Please post me the urls of the data recovery software websites.

Please respond as soon as possible.

Thanks and Regards,
Sriram.
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Hello.

I'm working with an HP Proliant DL160 G6.  It has an HP SAS RAID controller with two internal hard drives  - SAS 450GB mirrored.

It's running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Exchange 2010.

Attached to the USB port is a Western Digital "My Book" 3TB drive.

The USB drive is configured as a backup drive for Backup Assist.

A backup is run each night as a Windows drive image backup with the Exchange Server option.

The issue I'm having is that when the machine reboots, it tries to boot from the USB.  when I go into the BIOS, I set the boot order as follows - Hard Drive, DVD/CD, USB, NIC.

If the USB drive is plugged in, the boot up will stop after all devices are scanned, then it stops with a black screen and a blinking cursor.

I tried to set the USB drive in different emulation modes in the BIOS, but that didn't help either.  The odd thing is that there two drives recognized during POST, the "My Book" and a "Western Digital SES" drive.

If I unplug the drive from the USB port (I tried all ports to no avail) it boots up just fine.

This situation makes it impossible to remotely manage the server and restart it after applying fixes.

Has anyone seen this odd behavior with HP DL 160 servers and the WD USB external drives?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

-Ted
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I am running Windows 7 on a Lenovo laptop with USB 3.0 capabilities.  Yesterday I purchased a Western Digital Passport 2TB external hard drive.  The drive works fine, but when it is plugged in on boot-up the computer hangs at the Lenovo splash screen.  If I plug the hard drive in after Windows loads (e.g. at my user login screen), everything works fine.  I tried going into MSCONFIG and disabling the automatic unlock feature of the drive, but it didn't change anything.  All of my other USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices (including 2 other external drives)  work fine without any boot-up difficulty.  Any idea what could be causing this?

Thanks,

Phil
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I am building my own pc and my uses of the pc will be some limited gaming, intermediate movie watching, a lot of surfing, and a lot of ms office work.

I have the following components
Asus motherboard p8z77-m
Corsair 330 r case
Intel 330 series maple crest 120 gb ssd(note I plan to install win 7 on the ssd drive)
Wd 500 3azex 500 gb 7200 7200 rpm

I keep reading about how people go in and configure RAID (which I am still a little sketchy on what it is) and thus I am wondering if :
Do I need to perform raid
Can I just install the ssd drive and western digital hdd and it will be plug and play ?  If not what type of configuration do I need to do
Does it matter what bay\drive I put the ssd drive and wd hdd in
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i have an HP Pavillon dv6 laptop, the hard drive failed 3 months after the warranty expired ( go figure ). i ordered a new hard drive, same size but this one is a western digital.

I installed the new hard drive and inserted the HP system recovery disks from HP and im receiving the following error:

"this computer is not supported by the system recovery media, you will not be able to recover this system with these media"

error code: 0100-358d-1448-1449-144a-144b-144c-147c-149c

any suggestions?
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A friend's son uses an macbook air (about a year old). He had a Western Digital 2TB external USB drive 'for mac' but the mini usb connector got damaged.  He got a 2nd wd 2TB external usb drive 'for mac', and I offfered to copy all the data from the old bare drive to the new drive.  But I have windows PCs / much more familiar with windows. My daughter does have a mac if that's the only way, but the question is:

Can I copy from 1 mac formatted drive to another mac formatted drive in windows?  how about bootable linux I have?

In a pinch I could use my daughter's mac, but it could take a while to move 2TB of data over, right?

what app / process would you use if Linux or mac is the only way?
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Hi.

I have two hard disks installed on my computer: on one C: and one on D:

I have run HD Tune 2.55 (a program that measures the speed of the hard disk) which says my C: unit speed is about 10MB/sec, meanwhile my D: unit is about 100MB/s.

C: is a Western Digital Hard Disk and D: is a Seagate Hard Disk. Both have 1000GB (1TB) of capacity.

Both drives arahciue SATA and OnChip SATA mode is configured in IDE mode on BIOS (I tryied to change this to  AHCI mode but then my Windows XP doesn't start).

My computer is a Quad CPU with 8GB or RAM, running Windows XP as operating system. Any help to improve my hard disk performance will be appreciated.

Thanks.
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http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Drive-Storage/dp/B008R7EXD8/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1356100689&sr=8-16&keywords=Western+Digital+USB+3+500+hard

I'm looking at the above & thought of adding the 2 years warranty
at $7.99.  Does anyone know if its warranty is honored worldwide
(as I plan to bring it back to my country)
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This drive shows up in Disk Management as E:\ but has 500GB Free.   The disk did have information on it.

What is a way to go about trying to recover any data and-or assess how bad off this drive is at this point.?
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My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I salvaged an internal Western Digital HD 500 GB from a dead pc.  This HD was the 2nd HD.  I now wish to use this to backup my data on my new Lennovo pc.  I have connected the HD by a Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter.  The markings on this HD are :

Western Digital, 500 GB, and the other markings are : PATA / 17MB  Cache, WD5000AAKB
On the J1 jumper settings, the markings are the jumper has been set on 1.
The other information are :
WWN:50014EE 1035 130BC
Date: 16 Oct 2010
DM : HARNNT2MHN
DCX: 6009HF087

I hope the Experts could please suggest a List of tests that I should run on this HD to make sure that the HD is still good because it was sitting on the shelf for a long time.
Thank u.
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My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I have a 1tb of HD in my Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e pc.  I need to get an ext HD to backup the programs and also the data.  The size of all the programs may come to about 100 gigs the
most and on the high side the data another 100 gigs.  What should be the size of the ext HD.  
As a safety net, I intend to use another form of backup, like Back2Zip which backs up the data files, file by file as a zip file.  
I have a  Western Digital 500 gigs ext HD for more than 2 years and it never failed me, in terms of reliability of the data backed up or saved.  And since it was sitting on my desk, it never moved either.  
The points are reliability of the data being saved and also the HD itself.  Speed is not important (as I can wait and grab a coffee) if it is a price differential.  Hope the experts can please suggest a model number and the size I shoudl go for based on their experience.  Since price is another factor, so please suggest some low priced ones too.  Thank u.
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I got the machjine from a friend and it would not completely boot, Windows 7.
I used the recovery partiton to rebuild windows and save data.  50 hours later it hung at
setup is installing devices.  12 hours later it had not completed.  Swapped the memory chips, disconnected the DVD drive.  Same thing.
Used recover partition again and said wipe and rebuild.  Hours later same hang at setup is installing devices.
Could it be the HD?  Got Western digital boot CD and it will not boot probably because it cannot detect no floppy drive and maybe Sata drive problems.
I do not see a setting to change AHDI/sata/ide
I have a call out to WD about the HD. Any thoughts?
Computer is about 1.5 years old.
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We have an external usb hard drive. It is a 1tb Western Digital model. It seems that the USB interface has failed. When plugged into an internal sata port, windows vista recognises the hardware in Disk Manager, but does not show any partition being present.

We believe that the partition should have been NTFS. So should it be possible to take a disk from an external drive and view the contents in a pc? And what software would be good to try and recover this partition?
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Hi Experts,

I've got a PC thats about 5 years old and it runs Windows XP pro x32. Now I bought a Western Digital internal harddisk with 3TB capacity. It only shows about 800GB in disk management.

Now I read on the internet that its a known problem. For seagate i can download the discwizard tool to fix the problem. But it won't work with a WD disk.

Is there a way to get my 3TB to work in this situation?

~Sven~
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What can I do about this:

I have a new Western Digital 1 T hard drive that only shows 405 GB free on SBS 2011 essentials computer properties.

Thanks for your help!
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I have a WD I terabyte hard disk.  Somehow it got locked when I was installing Windows 8. The second and third petitions on the disk are working fine and are recognized. But the first partition is locked, and is not recognized.

Iran Western Digital data lifeguard diagnostics and the disc is identified however  it only recognizes the second and third partition.

Help
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Hi All,

I have 4 computers, 3 of the them see my 3TB western digital drive (in a 3TB supported enclosure) fine. 1 of my computers sees the 3TB disk as 1x 2TB partition and 1x 746GB partition.  Why would one computer see the disk as 2 partitions?  Is there a driver or something thats required to see the disk as a single 3TB?

Just to pre-empt any questions I do have the drive formatted as GPT and the computer that has the problem see Seagate 3TB drives absolutely fine!
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I have a HDD WESTERN DIGITAL 3TB 64Mb Cache SATA - WD30EZRX installed in a server with Windows 2003 Server. The bios and windows only recognizes 850 Gb. It´s a bios "problem" or windows server can not handle disks with 3 TB.
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Western Digital

910

Solutions

1K

Contributors

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com.