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Thread: Win7 not recognizing dual WBFS formated external HDD at same time

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    I dont have 2 drives in front of me to test but I had similar experience. In windows explorer go to c: and right click, go to manage. Go to disk management and right click on the drive not showing up (I forget what it calls it, something like disk X, X being drive number of some sort) and click on line. When 2 simalar drives are connected you have to manually put the 2nd one online. I wish I had the 2 drives in front of me, as I could explain in full detail. I hope you get it.

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    This is a very interesting report of identical HDD-related problems. I cannot reproduce the reported problems on identical WD Passports 320, 500gb; WD 1tb My Books, or WD 1 tb Digital Elements. I might have 2 1tb Buffalo HDDs, but After testing all the WD HDDs for which I had 2 units, I think I can't duplicate the problem; sorry.

    I don't know if the formatting, mapping of drive, etc has any impact on the problem, but I formatted all drives as written up in my Loading, playing...HDD guide ( http://www.wiihacks.com/recommended-...tmod-only.html).

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    Seems interesting and convincing! I'll see if I can get it to work with my next drive purchase or if a friend gets one like my current one. When I had the issue I just tried changing the drive letter and was unsuccessful, so just kept the drive that was a bit different then the normal black 500gb's I get. Will be sure to test as soon as I get my hands on one and report back the outcome! Regardless, thanks for the advice.....hope it works.

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    i have 2 x 1TB western digital elements, i only use elements drives for backing up, never had one fail me, both formatted in wbfs manager, both full, 1 is g:/ and the other is f:/ i can use both connected at same time in wbfs manager on my dell laptop with win 7, can format and copy both, separately or together, can clone, delete.

    also have a 2TB western digital elements dual formatted ntfs/wbfs... and again works in wbfs manger and wii back up manager...

    sounds like your win 7 is having difficultly, opening the drives parameters to me, btw you are using admin rights aren't you?

    have you tried using wii back up manager???
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    I came into the problem again, and found an easy solution. Almost to easy. Where I found it can be located HERE. Image was found on Western Digital's Knowledge Base : Frequently Asked Questions page. Should help some people out, as it did me.

    ^^stmcmurray76 above had the idea, but look below for detailed instructions.

    Problem:
    When connecting two WD external hard drives of the same capacity to a computer running Windows 7, only one of the drives can be accessed. When each drive is connected seperately, they can be accessed, but only the first drive plugged in to the computer will be visible when both drives are plugged in.

    Cause:

    This issue is caused by the two drives having identical signatures, leading to a Signature Collision. This is different from the drive's serial number, which is always unique.

    Solution:
    Normally the Operating System (Such as Windows XP and Windows Vista) will automatically correct the issue when the second drive is connected. However, in Windows 7, this does not occur. When using Windows 7, please follow the steps below to give one of the drives a new unique signature.

    Warning: Follow these steps carefully. Improper use of Windows Disk Managment tool can result in permanent loss of data.


    1. Connect each drive (one at a time) and create a backup of any data you may already have stored on the device.
    2. Connect both drives to the computer.
    3. Open the Start Menu, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter



    1. On the lower part of the Disk Management window, look for a disk which is listed as Offline.
    2. Verify that you have a Signature Collision by holding your mouse over the drive. You will receive a pop-up explaining why the drive is offline.
    3. Right click on the disk in the area that says Offline, and select Online
    4. The drive will be given a new signature. A new Drive Letter should appear and you should now be able to access the drive.


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