Hey guys, after buying a media center from WD a couple of days ago, it ‘died’ on me today after putting some tv shows on it.
So, as every other human, I started to look for a fix on our dear WWW.
Naturally, there were lots of ‘fixes’ and ‘solutions’, most of the questions were answered just by saying to return the device.
Now, let me just put some info on this.
When booted, the device would stay a while on the logo then show the internal disk error
When connected to a PC, the drive wouldn’t be shown on My Computer/Total Commander
In Disk Management the device would be shown just as a disk, but you couldn’t right click on it or do anything with it
The actual disk wouldn’t have an assigned letter
And let’s get to the fix.
So, what you need is some disk management software other than the windows default. I myself used Acronis Disk Director (which I’d recommend as that’s the one I’ll be using to explain the fix), so either buy it, use a trial or find it by some other means (… “yarr” if you get my drift).
Install the software and start it up.
On the start screen you’d see Disk 1/Disk 2/Disk 3, etc. If you’ve only got 1/2 internal disks it shouldn’t be a problem locating the WD disk of the device.
So, when you’ve found the disk, do the following:
Right click on it and press [Change letter]
Assign any letter to the disk, press ok and you will see a bar pop-up above in an orange-ish color
Press the bar (“Commit pending Operations”) and continue
After the letter has been assigned, right click on the disk again and press [Change partition type]
- By default it should be on '027h - PQservice, Windows RE hidden
Change the partition type to '07h - Windows NTFS, Windows exFAT, OS/2 HPFS
Press ok and the above mentioned bar should pop up again, press on it again and continue
And that’s that. Device fixed and in working state.
If you’ve got any questions, shoot.