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Hello people

My Western Digital My Passport 1TB is not reading on any computer I plug it letin. I a friend borrow it and he said he didn't 'safely remove it' and nxt thing you knw when you plug it in it just won't come up. I also password protected it.

The activity led on the portable is constantly on but nothing comes up and after a good 30 mins or so the 'WD Unlocker' VCD comes up but there is nothing in it.

I tired to update the firmware frm Wester Digital but it just won't recognise the HDD and crash.

Last time I had a hdd problem was when i converted my hdd to dynamic or something like that and used a hex editor (i think) to convert it back.

Is that possible with this? and if it is will all the data on HDD be lost?

p.s. to add to more problems my RAM on my desktop of giving errors... wat a week ...
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post #2 of 13
I had a similar problem with an External HDD.

I used the windows Admin tools disk management and had to format the drive that way to get it to be recognised and appear in My computer.

Hope that helps.

EDIT: Oh my problem was just getting it to be recognised at all. Sounds like either something is broken in the chassis or something has been corrupted on the drive.

If you can deconstruct the drive and plug it straight into the pc via the internal SATA cables.

If that fails then more drastic action is required.
Edited by Xye - 1/6/11 at 2:05am
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ya i dismantled the case but as it turns out the mico usb connector is soldered onto the hdd so... drastic options ? =(
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Is it visible in Windows Admin Tools - Storage...?
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yup it is... says 1TB unallocated space uninitilised and when go to initilise it says it can't
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post #6 of 13
In which case your looking at formatting the entire drive. Hopefully its all backed up?

If not it might be possible that your friends PC can still read it.
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post #7 of 13
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nah if i right click all options but help are greyed out
'n it's not readable on friend comp too
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post #8 of 13
Ah. I had this problem too. Have you tried using the Admin tools on another PC? I found mine was greyed out on one but not the other.
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post #9 of 13
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hmm.... going to try on my Dad desktop
but if that doesn't work wat options are there ?
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post #10 of 13
To be honest I'm not sure short of keeping on trying.

Might need to start looking into RMAing it.
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