Disregard most of the following. The drive is not shoing up because it is DEAD out of the frigging box. I have 2 of these drives, so I tried the second one, and the drive can be seen in Windows Explorer as F: having 1.36TB available.
So the first one is just effed up.
Nice job to ship dead out of the box drives, WD.
I have a brand new MyBook Essential 1.5TB drive. I am trying to backup my computer hard drive.
I plugged the MyBook in, and my Windows Vista 64-bit installed the drivers, and the WD SmartWare install ran.
However, I can’t do anything else. I get an error message when I tried to do a backup, and now the SmartWare won’t even run until I disconnect the MyBook from the PC. I have uninstalled and reinstalled, but keep running into the same problems.
I then decided to try a different program to backup my hard drive to the MyBook, but apparently the MyBook is not even accessible. When I go into Windows Explorer, the MyBook isn’t even showing up as a USB drive. It shows up as follows:
Local Disk (F:)
CD Drive (G:) WD SmartWare
If I try to access F:, it tells me it “is not accessible.” “The parameter is incorrect.”
G: Has all the SmartWare files and files, has 442 MB of used space, and 0 free space.
At one ppoint, I was able to see the F: drive available space as 0. **bleep**?
I assume the rest of my 1.5TB of drive space is F:, but why the heck can’t I access it? What good is a drive that I can’t just plug in to my USB and access??
How can I take this frickin’ drive and make it ONE drive letter, without all the SmartWare garbage? I don’t want 2 “drives.” I don’t want one seen as a CD drive. I don’t want the nonfunctional "Smart"Ware.
All I want is 1 flippin’ drive labeled “F:” or whatever, with 1.5 TB of space, showing up as a USB drive. Nothing more, nothing less!