Solved WD my passport USB external hdd now shows up as local disk

December 21, 2011 at 12:14:38
Specs: Windows 7
WD my passport external hdd now shows up as local disk, says that it works properly but i can not have access to it. Please help me. I made a backup of my laptop on it. I redid my laptop. Now I need to recover data

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December 23, 2011 at 07:46:14
As I said....

"A partition being labelled Local Disk doesn't indicate a problem, unless it had a different label previously because a volume label had been assigned to it and you haven't deleted that. "

You haven't said whether it had a different volume label previously.
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It's probable that the person you lent it to unplugged it while Windows was running, without clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon and choosing to STOP accessing the drive, and because of that, the the partition table data was damaged on it. In that case, Windows often "thinks" the drive is not formatted and in Dik Mangement the space on the drive is seen as RAW - unallocated.

Recuva is just one of the data recovery programs you can try to fix the partition table damage.
Once that damage has been fixed, you will probably be able to access all of or most of the data on the external drive that you could access previously.

Try various data recovery programs that can fix partition table damage. A program meant specfically only for un-deleting files will NOT work because of the partition table damage.

The one thing you should NOT do if you want to recover your data is to delete the partition (s) on the external hard drive and make (a) new one(s). There are un-delete or un-format programs that can reverse that , but they're meant to be used when there was nothing wrong with the partition table's data - you probably would NOT be able to recover as much or maybe NO data because of the partition table damage.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

In that - other data recovery programs you could try - response 2 here:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

I haven't needed to use any data recovery program to fix partition table damage on a removable drive caused by unplugging the drive at the wrong time, so I have no experience with using them.
Others who answer here reguarly may have had experience with those or may be able to suggest other programs.



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December 21, 2011 at 12:54:34
If you are getting Access Denied messages, you need to Take Ownership of the data on the external hard drive.

To take ownership of a folder
1.Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

2.Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

3.Click Edit. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

4.Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.

5.If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

6.Click OK.


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#2
December 21, 2011 at 12:59:03
it appears as Local disk and I can not do anything on it

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#3
December 22, 2011 at 08:50:00
"Local Disk" is merely the label Windows uses when there has been no volume label found by Windows for the hard drive partition the data is on.
A partition being labelled Local Disk doesn't indicate a problem, unless it had a different label previously because a volume label had been assigned to it and you haven't deleted that.

When I plug in an external drive I have, it appears as a Local Disk too because it's one partition that shows up in My Computer in XP (or Computer in Vista or Windows 7) or Windows Explorer has had no volume label assigned to it. In XP, an external drive has an icon that looks like a flash drive, instead of an icon that looks like a hard drive.
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"i can not have access to it"
"I can not do anything on it"

You have not provided enough information.

Explain what you mean in more detail.
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You will often get Access Denied messages when you attempt to access data on an external drive that was used with a previous Windows operating system installation, if you were using a password for at least one of the users for the previous Windows installation. That problem can be fixed by following the procedure in response 1. .


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#4
December 22, 2011 at 09:04:17
The external hard drive was in the hands of another person. She told me it was a problem. Now when I connect to my computer, it appears as a local disk and windows asks me to reformat it. when I go to disk management, the file system type is RAW and the space is free. I tried to recover data with Recuva, but it is impossible (there is nothing or it says path does not exist). I did a partition find and mount. nothing

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#5
December 23, 2011 at 07:46:14
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As I said....

"A partition being labelled Local Disk doesn't indicate a problem, unless it had a different label previously because a volume label had been assigned to it and you haven't deleted that. "

You haven't said whether it had a different volume label previously.
....

It's probable that the person you lent it to unplugged it while Windows was running, without clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon and choosing to STOP accessing the drive, and because of that, the the partition table data was damaged on it. In that case, Windows often "thinks" the drive is not formatted and in Dik Mangement the space on the drive is seen as RAW - unallocated.

Recuva is just one of the data recovery programs you can try to fix the partition table damage.
Once that damage has been fixed, you will probably be able to access all of or most of the data on the external drive that you could access previously.

Try various data recovery programs that can fix partition table damage. A program meant specfically only for un-deleting files will NOT work because of the partition table damage.

The one thing you should NOT do if you want to recover your data is to delete the partition (s) on the external hard drive and make (a) new one(s). There are un-delete or un-format programs that can reverse that , but they're meant to be used when there was nothing wrong with the partition table's data - you probably would NOT be able to recover as much or maybe NO data because of the partition table damage.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

In that - other data recovery programs you could try - response 2 here:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

I haven't needed to use any data recovery program to fix partition table damage on a removable drive caused by unplugging the drive at the wrong time, so I have no experience with using them.
Others who answer here reguarly may have had experience with those or may be able to suggest other programs.


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#6
December 23, 2011 at 10:45:12
I'm trying now filescavenger. it seems that there is still hope. Thanks a lot

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#7
February 10, 2012 at 03:12:05
i have the same problem. My laptop c drive read local disk instead of my passport. I have solved this problem by re-installed the following drivers:
a) WD_SES_Driver_Setup_x64
b) WDSmartWare_Software_Upgrader_for_Windows_1.5.1.6

Go to the Devices & Printer, right click the "my passport 0730" select "Properties" then "WD SES Device then "Properties" then select "Driver" then Update the driver.

Perform the same for item b) - select "WD my passport 0730 USB device"

restart your PC. Your My Passport shall work now.

Best regards,
Andy K


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#8
February 10, 2012 at 09:54:50
Andy K

You haven't provided enough details about what your problem(s) was (were) for us to confirm you had the same problem(s).

The label assigned to a partition has nothing to do with whether you can access the contents of the partition - that's two separate subjects.
Ti Mich had the second problem, MAYBE both problems.

As I said in the above.....

"Local Disk" is merely the label Windows uses when there has been no volume label found by Windows for the hard drive partition the data is on.
A partition being labeled Local Disk doesn't indicate a problem, unless it had a different label previously because a volume label had been assigned to it and you haven't deleted that. "
....

"My laptop c drive read local disk instead of my passport"

That doesn't make sense, unless you didn't make a typo (was that supposed to be a different letter ?) and the partition Windows is running from is NOT C !

- You can't load the operating system from a regular Windows 2000 and up installation on a partition on a hard drive inside an external enclosure due to Microsoft's wishes (although there may be a non-standard way of installing Windows on that drive that gets around that) - you get a blue screen error and nothing further happens.

- It IS quite possible for the partition Windows is running from to NOT be assigned C in XP (and 2000), but usually C is assigned to an internal hard drive partition Windows is loading from.
E.g.
Start - Run - type: cmd (click OK or press Enter)
By default, the drive letter at the beginning of the line
(drive letter):\Documents and Settings\(your user)
is the drive letter of the partition is loading from - it may NOT be C .
type: %windir% (press Enter)
You will get an error message but it shows at the beginning of it where your computer is loading Windows from - it may NOT be C:\Windows .
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If the label for the partition on the hard drive inside the external enclosure was My Passport previously in My Computer and Windows Explorer but it became Local Disk, something minor was wrong.

If it displayed My Passport previously with the firmware it already had for the external enclosure's circuits, the problem WAS NOT the firmware version - that DOES NOT get spontaneously corrupted.

You don't need to install drivers for an external enclosure's circuitry. Windows finds it automatically from it's Plug-n-Play info (unless it was plugged into (a) USB port(s) it doesn't work properly with).

You could probably have accomplished the same result another way, such as RIGHT clicking on and Uninstalling the "WD my passport 0730 USB device" listed in Device Manager under Disk drives, then restarting Windows to load it automatically again.

That's the label assigned to the external enclosure's drive controller circuits as a device, by the way, not the hard drive inside of it.
The hard drive itself shows up generically in Disk Management.
(Control Panel - Classic view - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management)



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