Hi everyone, I need some help with an issue I’m having with my external harddrive…
I bought the WD My Book Essential (2TB) approx. 2+ yrs ago. I installed it on the PC that I had at that time. Since then I’ve been using it on my new PC (1 yr old). However I never formatted it to the new computer because I didn’t realize I had to, since then it’s been formatted to my new computer. But I had to format it a different way because it was very laggy/slow, and it wouldn’t let me put things onto the drive itself.
When I say I did it a different way I had to go to the start menu, then right click manage, and then format it from there. I followed instructions from the WD website in terms of partitions and whether to do NTSF, etc. I chose not to do partitions because I didn’t want to so I have it using it’s full capacity. I don’t currently have a lot on the driver; mainly some games, pictures, etc. Mostly media files.
Now the issue I’m having is this… Since it’s been up and running perfectly fine on my own computer, I wanted to bring it over to a friend’s to transfer some games and what not. I was going to do it on a USB but my USB is just an 8GB and you can’t fit much on that.
I brought it over to his house and we plugged in the adapter and the USB cord into the USB port. A couple of seconds go by and the Autorun pops up, HOWEVER it only pops up for the SmartWare. When we go into that it knows what kind of drive there is but we have absolutely no access to it. Even when we went into ‘My Computer’ the drive doesn’t show up, just his main computer drive.
We thought maybe we could just format it on his computer as well (I had duplicates of the files on my main harddrive so didn’t matter if they erase). However it lagged so we ended up just getting fed up and leaving it. Then when I came back home and plugged it back into my computer I had to go through the same process again: Start>right click ‘My Computer’>Manage…etc.
Now my driver is fine again, it’s working fine on my computer, but why can I not get it to work with his computer? I know My Books are meant more for just a stationary extra external harddrive however I thought it would be recognized by other computers. His computer and my computer are very similar as well so there’s no different operating system really.
To give you an idea:
I have an Alienware Aurora-R3, Windows 7 and he has a Dell XPS 8300 also with Windows 7.
Any help on getting his computer to recognize my external will be greatly appreciated. Either that or I may invest in a larger capacity USB at this rate :(.