- WD My Passport external HD problem!
Got a WD Passport with a few movies on & loads of photo’s, connected it to the laptop to look for some photo’s & it doesn’t seem to be recognised (by 2 different laptops) & It’s going ‘bip’ about every 3 seconds & the little led is flashing.Posted 3 years ago
Anything obvious to look for or is it screwed? & if so is there any way I can retrieve my stuff?
I thought an external HD was a backup, or am I wrong (again?)
Egh? It’s only a “back-up” if it’s stored somewhere else too. Most people use an external to keep a back-up copy of what is stored on their computer. Sounds like this is the only place you have these things stored – or do you have copies of them somewhere else?Posted 3 years agoMatt24kSubscriber
I managed to kill 3 WD Passport external drives in the space of 18 months. They are not the most robust storage media but they are cheap.Posted 3 years ago
My external dives have a hard life as they spend most of the time on a boat in the tropics where high humidity, a salty environment and bumpy seas are a fact of life.
I now only use Freecom tough drives and have not had a failure since.
I currently have a 250 GB for computer back up a 1 TB for video capture and am awaiting delivery of a new 2 TB to back up my back ups.paulosoxoSubscriber
WD passport hard drives don’t like being plugged in to anything other than a proper USB port with the USB lead that came with it, either. I have one that is now used as a time machine back up, and it just will not work plugged in with a USB splitter type thingy.Posted 3 years ago
Most people use an external to keep a back-up copy of what is stored on their computer. Sounds like this is the only place you have these things stored – or do you have copies of them somewhere else?
Yes we have stuff copied on other devices, cards, sticks etc & also between 3 laptops but there were some photo’s that weren’t as they used to be on a PC that died a horrible death & the only backup for those is on the Passport. 😐Posted 3 years agoRoter SternMember
Not sure if this will help but we had similar problems with an external HD in that it would whirr then beep and that was it. Our computer man told us it was a problem with the device not getting enough power through the USB port and he brought a USB cable with two USB connections at the one end to plug into the computer and hey pesto the thing started working perfectly.Posted 3 years ago
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