I have a 3TB USB3 external drive I recieved as a present over a year ago. I have a bevy of external drives over the years, and I must say this one has been the most inconsistent.
I had setup issues (usually you just plug a drive in and it works) but eventually was able to use this drive for a time.
I was recently using it for a backup and mid-backup of numerous files the copy program “lost access” to the drive. And sure enough it disappeared from and would not show up in my computer OR in device manager. So it is not that strange things WD drives do where they won’t show up in my computer but are in device manager.
Any ideas? It does not even give me a USB popup.
Quite frankly even if I get it to work I have so little faith that this drive will be there for me when I need to do a restore.
I am running it on a USB 2 hookup as I do not have USB 3 on my computer. Also, I already tried a new cable.
Of course I am well aware that the drive could just have died…but with all the strangeness of just getting a mybook to appear I thought I would check first.
All ideas about running utilities, etc. don’t help much as the dirve is not visible.
The ironic thing is I am making a “Second” backup of some important files from my WD NAS!
One more thing does that power button on the back really do anything?