WD500Gb MyBook eSata ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Having a few bug-lets with my Western Digital MyBook

    500Gb eSata external drive, and wondered if anyone else

    uses these with WHS ?


    Specifically :

    a) when connecting via USB, the connection drops after copying

        over a few GB.  [copying from WD to WHS]

    b) WHS doesn't see the drive at all when connected via eSata.

        Neither does the Sata controller card. 


    Other USB drives behave fine with WHS, so don't thing it's the USB controller card.

    The main difference I can see between the MyBook and HDDs attached in

    other external USB enclosures is that they are all formatted as NTFS, whereas the MyBook

    is FAT32 - might this be the cause of the USB compatibility issue ?

    Or have I simply got a defective MyBook ?



    Saturday, June 2, 2007 11:18 AM

All replies

  • Ian,

    WHS can't see FAT partitions, convert it to NTFS and you should be good to go.



    Saturday, June 2, 2007 5:15 PM
  • Ian

    If it is a faulty mybook i would not be suprised you just have to check wd's forums to see what i mean http://websupport.wdc.com/forum

    Sunday, June 3, 2007 5:12 AM
  • I am having similar problems with my WD 500GB My Book Essentials USB 2.0. WD employs some sort of power-saving feature on this drive which could be causing the problem. The drive is supposed to shut down after a period of non-use, and resume when the drive is needed. I'll check out the WD forums that Ian posted.
    Friday, June 15, 2007 8:44 PM
  • Almost certainly FAT32 issue.
    Sunday, December 16, 2007 10:06 PM
  • Now running on OEM Retail WHS and with a proper eSATA card [Promise TX4302]

    instead of some dodgy SATA -to -eSATA bracket on the back of the PC connected

    to a SiL SATA card-  eSATA now works fine.   


    Dunno about the USB connection, never been tempted to use anything other than eSATA Smile

    Monday, December 17, 2007 7:01 PM