First, I must state I LOVE my WDTV live! However…my relationship with WD external drives has not been as good.
I have avoided them for years due to all of the extra software it used to need to work but received one as a gift.
I am using this USB 2/3 device with the provided cable into a USB 2 port on a fairly powerful but pre-USB3 Windows 7 64 bit machine…
I have read the FAQ and posts but my problem is a bit different. My drive is “usually” recognized by my PC. Of course since my intent is to use it as a backup drive, that is a concern. I know the faq talks about PC issues as perhaps being one of the reasons, but EVERY other external drive I plugged in always worked and still does- every time. And none of them try to re-install drivers every time you plug them in. The WD drive, I plug it in, and every time it installs the 2 generic USB drivers successfully and then the “special” WD driver of course fails because it is not included in windows. I understand that and no, I have not tried to install the special driver as I don’t have any intention of using the WD software. And quite frankly, I don’t want to risk messing up my other hard drives just to get a WD drive working.
Then sometimes I plug in the drive and it is says it is unrecognized. So not just the third driver fails but the whole drive is not seen by windows. Again, I have read the posts on this but mine does not do it every time. I unplug, replug, and usually it will work. Almost like it is a timing issue. Once it says the drive needs ot be formatted…and then seconds later, the “windows option” box popped up asking if I want to browse the hard drive.
It behaves similarly on two other PC’s.
So my question is this. If I just re-format the drive, will it behave like a normal generic drive? Or is there something in the hardware that is still going to look for special drivers, etc. Do you think that will solve the issue?
Any help appreciated.