My Book Essential 3TB Drive Not Working When Connected To Network Media Tank Popcorn Hour A-100


#1

External Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB Drive  Not Working When Connected To Network Media Tank Popcorn Hour A-100 

I plug it in and I get a “USB Failed” message. How do I make this work?

On the networkmediatank forum they tell me it doesn’t work because it’s a hidden VCD partition

on the external drive and that i need to disable it to make it work.

The problem is that i can’t find the vcd partition. I updated the firmware and tried to follow the

guides that are out there but still don’t see the VCD.

Have i missed som crucial steps or do I need to format the external drive?

Should I uninstall everything in windows and try to redo all the steps?

Thankful for guidance in this matter


#2

take a look at

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/passport-vcd.html

Whenever I get a WD Drive, the very first thing I do is FORMAT by right clicking on the drive in my computer…

Does this help?


#3

Why do you format it, it comes out of the box as NTFS?


#4

It comes with additional software that I dont want. Also by formatting, it doesnt automatically pop up with smartware.


#5

Does that mean you are able to utilize ALL 2Tb of the hard drive and not just 1.81Tb?


#6

No youll still get 1.81. I just like raw storage and dont like dealing with extra software that comes with every drive thats all!

See what Im saying?


#7

Hi there.  I’m having a slightly different problem.  I have a 3 TB My Essential hard drive that’s connected to my WD network drive.  I used the online program software to format the hard drive, but now I can only see/use 1.8 TB of my drive.  Its formatted to NTSF.  What must be done?


#8

I don’t know if this will shed any light on it or not. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/02/18/understanding-the-2-tb-limit-in-windows-storage.aspx

Joe


#9

Awesome.  Well that explains that!!!  Thank you so much Joe_S.  I have one more hiccup though.  My WD My Book Essential won’t let me convert it to a dynamic disk, or at least my computer says it can’t be done.  Would you by chance have any insight into this?


#10

I don’t know about that part. Maybe some third party partitioning tool will work.

Joe