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[ASK] WD My Book Essential Hard Disk Swap

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June 13, 2010 6:21:20 AM

I have an WD My Book Essential 1Tb. and i opened the case and take the WD 1Tb Green from it and use it for internal drive

( the data on it can't be read on computer running Win XP .. it says RAW.. i have to re partitioned the hard drive, before i re-partitioned the hard drive i try to read the hard drive on the usb via my WD My Book Essential and all the data is there.. so i think the WD My Book Essential have a different partition tipe or so.. :pt1cable:  )

the problem is when i try to replace the original Hard drive that how to make my old 640Gb or 750Gb WD Green can be read from my WD My Book Essential case ?

it look likes the drive doesn't work on it.. even i try to put the 1Tb back into the case.. its wont work :pfff: 

So anyone please do u have any idea what to do, its sure the WD My Book Essential is out of warranty
January 27, 2011 11:29:40 AM

i have the same problem here.
I wonder what they did to the controller to prevent it working with other HDDs.
February 2, 2011 11:24:15 PM

hahahah.. doing some desperate thing.. i forced to istall 80 Giga Seagate SATA harddrive into WD My Book Essential 1Tb..

and the trick is to format it using the software that came with WD My Book Essential 1Tb... and it works ^^

now i usiing Seagate My Book Essential 80Gb LOL
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August 31, 2012 6:23:12 AM

How did you do that?
August 31, 2012 6:23:47 AM

blacklizt said:
hahahah.. doing some desperate thing.. i forced to istall 80 Giga Seagate SATA harddrive into WD My Book Essential 1Tb..

and the trick is to format it using the software that came with WD My Book Essential 1Tb... and it works ^^

now i usiing Seagate My Book Essential 80Gb LOL


How did you do that?
a c 271 G Storage
August 31, 2012 10:20:51 PM

Essentials models incorporate 128-bit (256-bit ?) AES hardware encryption, irresective of whether you have set a password. The Initio/symwave IC on the bridge board does the encryption. If you install the HDD inside your PC, all you will see is gibberish, ie a RAW disk.

I have seen at least one WD user say that he had to use SmartWare to partition and format a replacement drive in his WD enclosure. Other tools didn't work, presumably because they were confused by the fact that WD's recent externals use 4KB LBAs rather than the traditional 512-byte sector sizes.
February 22, 2013 12:06:48 PM

If I copied all of my data (from my My Book Essential 1Tb) to another drive and proceeded to take the hdd out of the case, how would I go about putting it into another case and making it usable?
a c 271 G Storage
February 22, 2013 8:27:16 PM

If you are not concerned with the existing data, then all you would need to do would be to repartition and reformat the drive in its new enclosure (SATA 3.5") using Disk Management or your preferred tool.
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