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Windows 7: Can't access my WD My Passport (WDBL1D5000ABK-01) on my laptop

27 Nov 2013   #1
TerryAPrice

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Can't access my WD My Passport (WDBL1D5000ABK-01) on my laptop

Hello, my name is Ryan and let me start by admitting that i'm not exactly the most technologically skilled person in the world. With that being said, the issue i'm having is that I can't access my WD My Passport from my laptop in particular (a Compaq Presario CQ56). Meaning when I plug it in the light turns on and it starts working (I can feel it vibrate) but it never pops up, although when I plugged it into my friend's desktop the menu came up giving me the option of accessing it. The drivers are up to date and when I go to my local disk properties it's listed under hardware as a Disk drive, so it seems my laptop isn't having an issue connecting with it; but I can't actually get INTO it. Is there a way to correct this?


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27 Nov 2013   #2
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, Welcome to Sevenforums.

As you mentioned that the drive is visible in disk management. Follow these steps.

1) Control panel===>administrative tools===>computer management===>Disk management

2) You'll see a list of Disks (and partititions) and DVD's (if you have any) and you'll probably see something like Disk 1 with no partition letter assigned

3) Right mouse click and choose Change drive letter and paths ===> add chose a letter from the drop down and the drive will be available.
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27 Nov 2013   #3
TerryAPrice

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thank you for the warm welcome!

When I did as instructed, this is what I run into.

Can't access my WD My Passport (WDBL1D5000ABK-01) on my laptop-capture.jpg

Right clicking on Disk 1 (on the lower half of the screen, since it's not listed above) only gives me the option to "Convert to Dynamic Disk" or to "Convert to GPT Disk".

and clicking on properties shows this.

Can't access my WD My Passport (WDBL1D5000ABK-01) on my laptop-capture1.jpg


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27 Nov 2013   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, not a very serious problem since you are able to access your external HDD on your friend's computer.

Now a few queries.

1. Was the external drive OK on your laptop before?

2. Do other external drives/ pen drives OK on your laptop?

3. Do you remember or even guess any event that could have caused this problem - such as sudden power loss when the ext. HDD was connected?

4. When did this happen?

5. What is the OS on your friend's computer on which it is accessible?

Now keep your problem HDD unplugged( safely remove) then see whether you have any system restore point before this event occurred. Try a system restore to that point. Check whether it resolves the problem.
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28 Nov 2013   #5
TerryAPrice

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

This is the first time I plugged this particular external drive into my laptop, so I don't have any previous experiences with it on this machine. And yes, when I plugged a Toshiba external drive into it; it worked perfectly fine. At first I thought it was because this one (WD external hard rive) was for Mac that it wasn't working; but the other computer I tested it on ran on windows as well and it was perfectly fine on that. I don't remember anything happening the first time I tried it, I can't think of any extenuating circumstances that would've affected it.
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28 Nov 2013   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Yep, that is exactly why I asked for the OS on your friend's computer for it is advertised as the one for a Mac, may be because of a beautiful skin - though it should work on Windows too.

A new drive that works on one PC but does not on another. I am really perplexed in this case. Are you sure that it works on your friend's computer? Did you try copying a file to it and then reading it? If not will you repeat and report? A disk management shot on it will also help. Now this is only of academic interest.

( In your position, I would have returned the drive to the vendor and got a replacement drive and a Seagate at that without pulling my hair on it.. OMG, how many problems being reported with WD drives!For one, I had long back decided not to touch one.)
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