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Hey guys, I recently bought a new Western Digital hard drive, a 1 Tb MyBookWorld. Which as it happens is a wireless hard drive.
I saw this after buying it but I thought to myself no worries, it has a USB connection. So I plugged it in via USB, only to discover it's only for linking 2 WD MyBookWorld hard drives together for more storage space...

Buy now I have thrown away the box... all the manuals... yes yes, I KNOW this is stupid, but it's an external hard drive ffs, you plug it in, it works, no more no less.

So after thinking this over, for, oh, all of 10 seconds, I take to the hard drive case with a screw driver, pull out the drive, and I am pleased to see it is a SATA HDD. So I connect it all up and nothing. I can see it in Device manager and the BIOS, I just can't access it.

Oh, and i have neglected to say up to this point, that my rig is Vista 64 bit. And guess what? The remote access software needed to access the hard drive, is only 32 bit compatable.

So basically, it has 299 Mb of files, firmware, whatever on the HDD, enabling it to be accessed via the internet. I want to reformat it so I can get rid of them all and not have stupidly wasted the £150 I payed for it.

Short of taking a big facking magnet to it, I can't think of anything else I can do.

Anyone have any idea of how I can rid it of this WD plague and use it as an internal hard drive?
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post #2 of 10
If you can see the drive in Window's Disk Manager, there should be an option to format it.

Have you looked on WD's site to see if you can download the manual and the drivers you need to use the drive as WD intended?
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post #3 of 10
Did you download the WD software to "install" the drive? When I put in a Seagate drive for my brothers computer, it was recognized but couldn't be accessed until I used the Seagate utility program for their harddrives.
post #4 of 10
if u can see in bios and device manager... then u should be able to reformat it... u sure u remember to activate the hdd port for the WD hdd? i remember there was once i spent half an hour trying to format my new hdd but didn't notice i haven't activate the hdd port
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post #5 of 10
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Sorry for the late post guys, my internet has been down for what seems like an age. How do I open the HDD port?

I got pissed off of having a HDD I couldn't use, so I have bought a new one now. But it would be nice to have another Terrabite HDD knocking about, lol.

2630 GB of storage space ftw!

Ah, and Ignite, the drivers and all that were 32bit so I couldn't access it, it works by connecting to the internet and what not, kinda weird.

But again any help would be most welcome.
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post #6 of 10
Try booting into a linux linux live cd and use G Parted to format it back to NTFS. Post back if that works out
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post #7 of 10
Note: I have mine set to classic view
From disk management (control panel -> Administrative tools -> Computer management -> then select Disk management in the tree), you should only have to right click on the drive and select "Format", thats it.
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post #8 of 10
The guy somewhere above this post is right, you should be able to do it via Windows Drive Manager.
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post #9 of 10
right click "My Computer"
select "Manage"
select "Storage"
select "Disk Management(local)"
and there will be a drive without a letter assigned to it
right click and format
and it will ask you what driver letter you want it to be
and you can figure out the rest im pretty sure
post #10 of 10
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Really thank you for the retard guide guys!

It is formatting as I type, and as it happens my new 1tb HDD arrived today as well, so I seem to have over 2 tb of storage space now!

+1 rep to all that were kind enough to help me out, thanks again guys.
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