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WD Hard drive taken from external drive not detected


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#1 corrado33

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 12:13 PM

I have (had) an external WD "My Book" hard drive. The USB connection started to get flaky (cord had to be plugged in JUST right for it to work), so I took apart the "my book" and put the drive in the computer itself (instead of the external enclosure). However, even though the BIOS detects the drive, windows to does not. Do the "My book" external drives have a special formatting or something?

 

I can see the drive in device manager, just not in my computer. 


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 12:33 PM

Please read this thread.

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/627820/wd-my-book-external-drive-not-working/?hl=%2Bbook#entry4091570

 

 

WD My Books have proprietary USB bridge cards that render them useless when it fails. See the links I posted in the thread including the video link.



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Posted 02 October 2016 - 12:44 PM

Ah, so it looks like I'll have to do a data transfer then reformat to make it work? That's crappy. Especially considering it's my biggest drive...

 

Well, time to go find every other hard drive I own. Maybe I can raid them so it'll be faster... Especially since I have to hold the USB (I guess esata) cord in place...


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Posted 02 October 2016 - 01:03 PM

I think you are out of luck if the bridge card failed. WD uses a proprietary card and if the card goes bad you cannot retrieve the data by normal means. I doubt raiding the drive will work but try and see what happens.



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Posted 02 October 2016 - 09:28 PM

I think you are out of luck if the bridge card failed. WD uses a proprietary card and if the card goes bad you cannot retrieve the data by normal means. I doubt raiding the drive will work but try and see what happens.

Ah no I planned on just transferring everything OFF of the drive, then taking it out of the enclosure and formatting it in the PC itself. A hard drive is a hard drive, it can't be special, I have to be able to format it. I wanted to raid the other drives, but it turns out that the limiting factor (obviously) was the USB3.






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