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Western Digital External Help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by newspaper56, Sep 24, 2010.

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  1. newspaper56

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    Quite honestly, I don't know. I do know there is a lot of intricate work involved just to see if the data on the drive is recoverable.

    If you are successful in recoving the data, I would purchase an enclosure that uses a standard SATA interface drive and forget this kind of Western Digital and other manufacturer pre-assembled junk.

    This is a great example of why an external hard drive should not be used as a single source as a data back up solution.
     
  3. newspaper56

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    Do Seagate have their own USB thing?

    or is it only WD

    OR is it only WD my passport essential SE?? Would My Passport Elite have it?
     
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    We're suggesting you buy your own case and install the HD yourself. This is a very simple procedure involving 6 Phillips screws and a few minutes.
    I've had a very good experience with this case:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&sku=V13-3254
    It will hold up to a 2 TB drive and connects by USB 2.0 or Esata.
    Any of these drives will do:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=139
    I admit to a prejudice in favor of Seagate.
     
  5. win2kpro

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    Build you own external with standard components.

    If you have to open it up there are no surprises and you don't have to worry about voiding some manufacturers warranty.
     
  6. newspaper56

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    It's not the case problem, it's the fact the WD harddrive itself is inbuilted with a USB
     
  7. Hughv

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    You misunderstand. You will only find those drives in the pre-built externals.

     
  8. newspaper56

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    so is this a way to fix or a way to avoid it the next time?
     
  9. Hughv

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    Yes. See what Win2kpro said above.
    Even if the drive fails, you'll still have a usable case that will accept your next drive. Assembling your own components is very empowering.
     
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    If Windows (assuming you are using Windows) doesn't recongize the drive, as someone suggested, try the drive in a different working computer. If it works, then make sure it's not an issue with a faulty USB port or verify that Windows is assigning the drive a drive letter. Only thing with that is that if its a drive letter issue, Windows would still make the noise that it detects that a device has been plugged into the computer.
     
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