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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 an old Windows 2000 system with a failing hard drive, which I decided to replace (still works).  The drive is a 160GB Western Digital; the replacement is a 500GB Western Digital.  After Ghosting (Ghost 11.5.1) successfully from the 160 to the 500, the 500GB drive will attempt to boot into Windows 2000, but then blue screens with Inaccessible Boot Device.  I have Ghosted with the -fdsp switch, done partition to partition, but no luck.  How do I Ghost (or use any other cloning tool) to make this new drive successful?  

Looking forward to the fix...

Thank you
I have an IBM System x3500 server that at present has 3 IBM drives in a raid 5 array.   I am upgrading from 2003 Server standard R2 to 2008 Server Standard R2.    The drives are 73.4 Gb 10K SAS drives.   I want to add a second array with 3 1 TB 10K Western Digital SAS drives in a RAID 5.   Can I run two different arrays with these different size drives, and do I need a separate controller card to run this second array.

The first array with the with the smaller drives is going to run 3 servers (2 virtual).   The second array is going to be the Data drive.

Can this be done as I have asked above, and do I need the 2nd controller card, or anything else?
Our Western Digital drives keep failing to run the backup properly.  Having look at the following web page: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.external-backup-drives-compatibility-list.aspx it states that:

'Note that Microsoft recommend drives are reformatted as NTFS before being used with Windows Server Backup (WSB). Large drives (eg 3TB+) should be reformatted with 512 bytes per cluster as large drives tend to be factory formatted with 4096 bytes per cluster which can cause problems with WSB.'

How on earth do I go about reformatting as 512bytes per cluster? Can't see it specified in the format command, and the Windows formatting tool goes on about an allocation unit size, but nothing about bytes per cluster.
Have a Dell PE R710 and 6x 4TB Western Digital RE hard drives.

Right now I have no controller connected to the backplane, just the drives in the slots.  When I power up the server, the drives don't show any power.

Does a controller need to be connected to the backplane for the drives to show power?

If it does, what controller should I use that will successfully drive the 4TB SATA Hot Plug Drives in a RAID 5 configuration.
Hi Everyone,

           I have a 16GB USB flash drive which contains a backup of my Windows 8 installation DVD among other important programs.  Considering the importance of what is backed up on it, I am interested in carrying out an exact backup of its contents to a Western Digital 1TB USB hard drive.  With data files such as jpegs, mp3's. avi's, etc, I have been using a simple copy and paste method which did not require the use of any 3rd party backup/restore utility.  However, I am not sure if such steps would be enough if the flash drive has actual installation software such as Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013, etc. on it.  

            The operating system on the computer which I will be using has Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit on it.  The USB port version is 2.0 just in case that information is needed.  If more details are needed regarding the goal at hand, please feel free to let me know and I will furnish it upon request.  

            Thanks so much in advance for any shared insights or suggestions given to this question.  

Good evening experts,

I am in a bit of a pickle. I know the cardinal rule of hard drives is that they all eventually crash. Well, I disregarded this axiom and viola , my drive crashed . It is a 1 TB Western Digital Drive that was working not 6 hours ago. Then for some reason it simply stopped working.

This is the error I get when I install the drive internally or mount it externally:

I don't want to lose the data on the drive, but I wont spend a couple of grand sending it
to data recovery specialist. Is there a toolset out there that I can create my on clean room and perform my own forensics recovery.  Although the data is important , I cant afford those data recovery specialist. Helppppp!!!!

I have HP Proliant ML310e G8 server with B120i controller (no FBWC).
HP 2TB 6G SATA 7.2k 3.5in NHP MDL HDD costs $550
Western Digital RE4 2000GB 64MB cache costs $200

I'm going to buy 2x2TB WD RE4 drives and build mirror. I love HP's iLO and array configuration utility due to failure prevent notifications.

Do you prefer Windows server 2008 mirror, or B120i mirror? And why..

Dear experts,

I need to buy a new server for my SOHO customer.
He decided to buy HP ML310eG8 with 2 x non hot plug 1TB 3,5" SATA LFF HDD.
I need to buy aditional disks for storage, but 1x "HP 3TB 6G SATA 7.2k 3.5in NHP MDL HDD" costs $750. Calssic 3TB SATA, for example "Western Digital Red 3000GB 64MB cache " is only $150

What is the difference?
They have a different firmware?

Good afternoon experts,

I have a Western Digital harddrive that inside an HP computer. When I attempt to install a fresh install of Windows 7 , the bios sees it ,but the install process is access for a mass storage controller driver. I have gone to western digital's site and looked up the model of the sata drive: WD5000AAJS and I simply cant find a controller. Shoud I put the drive in another machine and see if the storage controller is seen or would that be a waste of time?

What are your suggestions gentlemen?
I have a 3 year old Dell PowerEdge R210 server with RAID 1. It is a 4 user SBS 2008 setup

One of the drives has failed and is running now as Degraded for the Virtual Disk.

The same drive model is no longer available from Western Digital. Can I introduce a new drive that is a different model? The drive is a 1TB in size.

Also what are the best steps to change the drives? The backup is solid using Storage Craft Shadow Protect.

Any help I can get is appreciated.
What is the difference in performance between SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s inteface?

I'm looking at buying these drive for an entry level server to run a Postgress SQL database on.

The drives are Enterprise SATA from Western Digital
Just purchased a Synology DS213+ for a client that needs additional file storage. Been reading up on iSCSI (never used it before) and have read a wide variety of opinions as to whether it is better / faster / more complex etc.

Client is running SBS 2008 with one NIC. The DS213+ has (2) Western digital Red 3TB drives.

Is it better to just let the 213+ handle the formatting / sharing of files on the NAS? Or is it better to use iSCSI and let the SBS 2008 server just see it as another drive and then use SBS 2008 to setup shared folders / permissions?

If it matters, a lot of files that will be stored on the NAS will be very large (they do a lot of database work with MS Access). Files can sometimes be 5-15GB is size. But there will also be a lot of files in the 1 - 25MB range as well.

Please provide as much detail as possible as to why you would go one route or the other (pros and cons list would be nice) and if there is anything I need to consider when choosing (example: some say you should add a second NIC if using iSCSI, iSCSI is more complex to setup, etc.).
I have a client who is beginning to store more and more data than originally envisioned when I setup their Server (SBS 2008 R2 with 750GB RAID 1).

For added storage, I'm considering 2 options and am interested in opinions as to which might be better in terms of storage, access speed, data safety etc. Detailed responses, with reasoning behind your preference please (ie, don't just say "Go with NAS, it's much better").

I'm only interested in adding storage (no streaming media, blah, blah, blah). Strictly business data storage. File permissions, etc. can be handled by the Server in the case of USB 3 (which will be attached to the Sever).

Option 1:
NAS device (like a Synology DS213) with 2 Western Digital Red 3TB drives configured to RAID1

Option 2:
USB 3.0 Dual Docking Station (like StarTech.com SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Dual Dock), again with 2 Western Digital Red 3TB drives. In lieu of RAID, this setup would use Sibersystems GoodSync software to backup Drive1 to Drive2, syncing and changes and also keeping a version history (so that I could retrieve prior versions of files if needed.). The USB drives would also be able to be backed up offsite via the installed Carbonite software.

It seems like the USB 3.0 setup would offer similar performance to the NAS and would have the advantage of file versioning and offsite backup (note: Carbonite will NOT backup a NAS - it only will backup a USB drive attached to the Server).

However, I've not worked with any NAS devices yet, so I'm …
I have an Adaptec ASR-2405 RAID controller pictured here:


Here is the compatibility list for hard drives for this controller:


I'm going to be putting two smallish disks into RAID1 for this system for use in a VMWare ESXi host. I'm deciding between these two hard drives:


Seagate Constellation ES.3 (ST1000NM0033) 1TB

The Seagate Constellation ES.3 is arguably the better disk, and I really want to get that one. However, it isn't actually listed in the compatibility list for this RAID controller, only the 4TB Seagate Constellation ES.3 is listed.

The Western Digital RE4 on the other hand, IS listed as a compatible disk.

Should I chance it with the Seagate disks? Or just stick with the RE4?
I have just upgraded my HDD in my Sony Vaio laptop from a 250Gig unit to a 1TB Western Digital unit.

I used Acronis to do a sector by sector backup and restore to the new HDD

Everything seems to work OK except now I can no longer search for items in Microsoft Outlook. It says that it needs to be indexed.

The Windows Search Service will not start and throws up the error attached.
Windows Indexing Options says the service is not running
Windows Event Viewer will not load the plugin and so I can't see the event log

One search on google pointed to a similar issue and said that the following folder
should be present, and it should contain files.


I do not have the windows folder under \Applications and when I try to create it the O/S seems to delete it imediatley ???

I have also checked the registry Key that says the load was successful and it is set to a "0" meaning it failed

Can someone please help.
Hi Experts,

I have a PowerEdge 840 with 2 Raid1 arrays setup. The first array is fine. This array contains the operating system (WinSBS 2003) and some proprietary apps that required operating in C:.

The second array has Exchange data and other important shares. The primary disk is fine (Seagate 1TB) but the Secondary reports bad blocks.

The raid controller is an un939 sas5/IR. The first array consists of 2 Western Digital 250 GB hard drives, the second array consists of 2 Seagate 1TB hard drives.

Dell OpenManage is loaded on the server and reports the failure.

Can some expert help me to understand the process of replacing this hard drive without damaging data or messing up the raid config.

The drives are not hot swappable. I do have 2 exact hard drives (Seagate 1TB).

Thank you in advance.
Hi All,

I have 10 Lenovo computers, out of the box, that I need to prep before adding them to the domain.  I would like to make a clone copy on to my external USB 500gg western digital drive.  Is this possible?  All Lenovo computers are the same.  Or is there a way to copy the disk on one workstation to the disk on the other workstation.

In advance
I'm putting together a server which will be running the latest version of FreeNAS. It will be used for storing VMs from my VMWare ESXi server (about 10-12 VMs, each about 40GB in size), probably over NFS. It will also be used directly for regular file storage for the rest of the network (around 1TB of data used by 10 Windows PCs connecting via Samba). In the night it will do replication to another, cheaper FreeNAS server.

I would ideally like to have at least 2TB of usable storage.

I was hoping to use ZFS and RAIDZ, rather than purchasing a dedicated RAID controller, and running it on Western Digital Red hard drives.

My question is - what configuration would you suggest that will provide sufficient performance? Lots of smaller disks? A few large ones? Is there a different commodity hard disk that would work better (e.g something by Seagate, Hitachi?)
I have a 2TB hard drive (Western Digital) that divided in three partitions. after a while I got an error message when the computer was turned on. It mentioned that the drive needed to be checked for consistancies. Unless I hit a key on the keyboard it would scan the entire drive partition. sometimes I would get this on all three drives when turning on the computer. I finally just lost the drives completely and as a result just reformatted the drive into two one TB partitions. No after a week I have put data on the second partition and after a few time I am getting this error message again. I can still retrieve the data but I am wondering what is causing this error? It is time to get a new drive. This would be the second drive I have removed from my computer due to this type of failure. Any help would be nice.

I'm currently in the market to replace my existing storage that I use for my home lab.  I use my home lab for a testing environment before I make changes in my production at work.  I'm pretty serious when it comes to home labs because I basically have a lot of high end appliances just like how a business does, except for the storage appliance.  I'm not willing to pay over $10K for a Equalogic Device of any kind.

Right now I have the following:

"iomega 35436 4TB StorCenter ix4-200d Network Storage, Cloud Edition 4TB"

With a Max Memory of only 512 MB

I checked what hard drives are actually in the device and they are all Seagate Barracuda LP 1 TB drives SATA (S/N: 5VX1P435, P/N: 9TN154-513).

I have these 4 hard drives in a RAID 5.  Not sure if I should have went with RAID 5 or just did a RAID 10.

I'm looking to definitely upgrade this appliance as I still want to use some type of iSCSi NAS device.  As you can see from the title of my question I'm looking into the Synology DS1512+.  My main questions are the following:

1. What hard drives would you recommend for this device?

2. If I use SATA hard drives, what ones and what RAID configuration?

3. If I use SSD hard drives, what ones and what RAID configuration if any?

For SATA hard drives I've been looking at the Western Digital Red series.  I'm either looking towards the 1 TB drives or the 2 TB drives.  But again, not sure.  Since I already have 4 drives 1 TB each in a RAID 5 in my other configuration I'm guessing I…
Hi all

Have a tablet pc harddisk is dead bought a new one Western digital when i install win 7
from a new dvd it says that it cant find the new drive and asks for the hdd drivers so i can
complete the installation any ideas

Hello I've run into something interesting.  I have an older Dell Inspiron with a 60gb drive that I am upgrading for someone to a 250gb western digital internal drive.  So I took the drive out and put both units in external enclosures and used a disk copy program to copy the old to the new.  Well now the new drive only reads like it's 60gb with no unallocated space.  I tried wiping the disk to avail.  It now only reads as 60gb.  How do I get back my 250gbs?  

I've tried reformatting, wiping the disk, rewriting the MBR.  No program, or OS is showing the remaining 190gbs.  Regardless if the hdd is internal or external.  

I've heard that Dell had in the past placed limiters on Hard drives so they only use a certain amount of space so when I copied the whole drive it copied the limiter also.  
I've also heard you can factory reset a harddrive.  

I needs help!  Something so simple has gone so wrong.
I have a client's computer that is running very slowly.  I have tested the hard drive with the extended Western Digital diagnostics and it passed (twice).  I also ran an Ultra-X burn-in twice to test all the other components with the program reporting that all hardware is in working order.  What can I do to speed the computer up?  Any ideas as to what might be slowing this thing down.  Any other tests or events to look for?
Due to tight schedule, I've got the IBM blade center servers
arriving on time but the SAN HDDs will take 5-6 weeks more
to arrive.

So I thought of setting up a Western Digital NAS to host the
VMs so that the apps team can start working on them &
when the SAN HDDs arrive, will just vMotion the datastore
over from NAS to the SAN LUNs.

Anyone has any idea how to set up the WD NAS Mybook Live
2TB?  Should it be presented as NFS (& does Mybook Live
has this feature to serve as NFS) or just as Windows share?

So far, I only know how to set up Mybook Live as Windows
share (it's probably Tcp445 or Netbios).

Need to present the NAS to the ESXi hosts for them to
format as VMFS5 (as the ultimate SAN HDDs will be
I am doing a new Windows Server 2012 install. My server motherboard is a Supermicro X8DTL-if that I have updated to the latest BIOS, version 2.1b. I have an Intel RS2WC040 RAID Controller connected to (4) Western Digital RE SAS 1Tb hard drives configured as two RAID1 arrays.

I have updated the RS2WC040 controller to the latest firmware package (v20,10,1-0126_r2 ) and I have downloaded the Windows Server 2012 drivers for the RS2WC040 and placed them on a USB drive.

When I run the Windows Server 2012 setup, I get to the dialog that states "A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB or Hard Disk driver. If you have a CD, DVD or USB flash drive with the driver on it, please insert it now."

I insert the USB with the files on it and browse the USB drive and select the folder for the W2K12 driver. It displays the "Intel RAID Controller RS2WC040 (E:\RS2WC040 Raid Controller\Windows Server 2012\Driver\Signed_Driver_6.504.5.0-WK1megasas2.inf) in the list of available drivers. I select it and then after it scans a bit, I get a message that states "No new devices were found. Make sure the installation media contains the correct drivers and then click OK"

If I click OK, it just scans a bit and then repeats the message.

Any ideas?

Western Digital





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.