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How to make my WD My Passport Essential external HDD appear to my laptop?

By SKULLRAGE ·
For some I have no idea what's going on because I just bought it and it was working fine and then it just show it self when I click "My Computer" it just local disk but it does take so long to open it. And then when I tried it to my PS3 it doesn't show up. It's funny because my old WD Passport 160 gb works like it show at my laptop and to my PS3 too but not the new 500gb. Well I try something like going at my device manager and it appear at the category of other devices with a exclamation mark. I have no idea what happened I was just transferring my old data from my 160gb to my new 500 gb then I think I just touch usb cable and this thing happened. Sometime it just automatically remove itself this never happened before only now. Please help me with this?

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Forget about Device Manager

by OH Smeg In reply to How to make my WD My Pass ...

What does it show in Drive Management?

The most obvious thing is that something has happened to the USB Driver with a recent Windows Hot Patch, the recent Patch Tuesday but just as possible if you have not been using the Safely Remove Option on the Start Bar the Partition Tables could have been corrupted.

You can not just unplug any external USB Drive you need to dismount it first hence the Safely Remove Option on the Task Bar.

If it's just the Partition Tables Corrupted and you still have a valid copy of your Data all you need do is Open Drive Management and format the drive again. You should use a FAT 32 Partition Table not a NTFS if you want/need to use it on different Platforms like a PS3 and PC.

I would hazard a guess that your old drive is a FAT 32 Partition Type and your new drive is a NTFS Partition Type which is why the PS3 can not read it now but that's just a guess.

If you don't have your Data still on the Old Drive you'll need to attack the drive with some form of Data Recovery Program that Rebuilds the Partition Tables but if the data on the drive is "Important" you should packup the drive and send it to a Specialist Data Recovery House.

The more that you unsuccessfully attempt to repair the drive the less likely you are to get a full Data Recovery and the more that it's going to cost to perform the Recovery regardless of what % of the data is recovered.

However if it would just be Nice to recover the Data and you can afford to loose it completely you can try Opening the Command Prompt and entering chkdsk /r and it may do some good or just as easily it may completely destroy the Partition Tables requiring a Format with the complete loss of Stored Data.

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by SKULLRAGE In reply to Forget about Device Manag ...

There's nothing important in it, so program should I need to make this thing appear again and hopefully I can reformat it to FAT32 so that I can use it, and thanks for the help.

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Which bit do you want help with now?

by seanferd In reply to How to make my WD My Pass ...

It takes a long time to open in Explorer:

Well, USB isn't that fast, and you now have a larger drive. If it getting full, has long file names and many directory levels, or is becoming fragmented, this will make it slower.

"And then when I tried it to my PS3 it doesn't show up."

I believe it would need to be formatted as FAT32 for the PS3 to see it, which is really a waste of such a large drive. No doubt it was formatted NTFS by Windows.

"Well I try something like going at my device manager and it appear at the category of other devices with a exclamation mark. I have no idea what happened I was just transferring my old data from my 160gb to my new 500 gb then I think I just touch usb cable and this thing happened. "

So why were you in Device Manager then? And what was the thing that happened?

"Sometime it just automatically remove itself this never happened before only now. Please help me with this? "

Delete the Unknown Device from Device Manager if it is still showing with the drive disconnected. Try a different USB cable. Try also a different USB port on the laptop.

If this drive has a power cable of its own, make sure it is plugged in. Don't expect the laptop USB ports to power it.

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To format the drive all you need do is

by OH Smeg In reply to How to make my WD My Pass ...

Open Drive Management then right click on the external Drive and left click on Format from the Drop down list.

During the Format Option you can chose which Partition Type you want but any drive this big should be formatted to NTFS so that you do not end up wasting bulk amounts of space.

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