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    Win7 not recognizing dual WBFS formated external HDD at same time

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    as the topic states, my main desktop and my netbook cannot recognize having two identical external hdd's at the same time.It will recognize each seperate,but not both at the same time.


    The reason i need this is that i am backing up all my WII iso's,With WBFS manager...


    both hard drives are WD mypassport 500gb external portables (both powered by USB), and each are partitioned. on one partition its formated ntfs,the other WBFS and both are the exact same like that.

    i guess im wondering if its because i named the second hdd drive x and drive z?

    i got a warning when formating the second one something like (windows doesnt like when you name the hdd letters like x and z)

    so do you think this would be my problem?

    what i dont get is that both drives can be recognized when plugged in seperately... hmmm... weird.

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    I bet they have the same drive letter so do this.

    1. Plug in one drive.
    2. Right click "Computer" from the start menu.
    3. Click manage.
    4. Click Disk Management.
    5. Select the drive you want to change.
    6. Select "Change Drive letter and Paths.."
    7. Click "Change" and change it to any letter you wish.
    8. Click OK to everything and exit.


    And what ever you do... Don't ever format. You will loose your games.

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    I was having similar issues. I buy western digital passports and all seem to be really close in model numbers. So each have the same drive letter (I). Even when I change the drive letter of one, and plug them both in, they both come up as I. So I have to get different drives (Seagate and other Limited Edition WD Passports) for them to be read as another letter. If any one has a solution, I'd be SUPER grateful! So i don't have to buy specific drives so I am guaranteed able to copy/clone the drives.

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    Mndgame is correct...Changed drive letters and paths multiple times.. Nothing....only recognizes one at a time....


    WOW.....So WBFS manager should come with a BIG disclaimer....

    CANNOT COPY DRIVE TO DRIVE with identical external hdd's BECAUSE ITS NOT POSSIBLE WITH WIN7

    i know....this is a windows/hdd issue not a wbfs manager issue...i just wish i wouldve known...i wouldnt have bought the drives.....

    SHEESH....You think with all this hackin goin on,there'd be some solution for something as simple as THIS!!!!!!

    Damn,this has got to be a popular problem!!!!!
    Last edited by dovedescent7; 03-07-2011 at 08:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dovedescent7 View Post
    Mndgame is correct...Changed drive letters and paths multiple times.. Nothing....only recognizes one at a time....


    WOW.....So WBFS manager should come with a BIG disclaimer....

    CANNOT COPY DRIVE TO DRIVE with identical external hdd's BECAUSE ITS NOT POSSIBLE WITH WIN7

    i know....this is a windows/hdd issue not a wbfs manager issue...i just wish i wouldve known...i wouldnt have bought the drives.....

    SHEESH....You think with all this hackin goin on,there'd be some solution for something as simple as THIS!!!!!!

    Damn,this has got to be a popular problem!!!!!
    I have 2 identical buffalo external hd's and managed to copy from one to the other using WBFS manager on my win 7 laptop no problems.

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    ok well,anyone with two identical WD hdd do this?

    i appreciate the help tho stupit06,major helpidge.Man,hats off to you!

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    Yep, the ones that I have the issues with are always Western Digital Passports. Each time it happens they are similar in model number and color. So I have a Limited Edition one that has a design on it that shows up as letter G and all the black ones I try and change the letters to are I. So each time I plug in both drives Windows 7 seems to think they are the same drive (cause they have the same letter), and even when changing the letter of one (or both), they still both show up as the letter I change them to! Stupid! LOL. So I just kept the letter G one (limited edition WD Passport) to avoid issues. Will be getting other drives soon to test, and will report if those two similar drives will show as the same letter. Weird and annoying!!
    Last edited by mndgme; 03-08-2011 at 08:15 AM.

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    They were formatted on the same machine and leave the same 'fingerprint', it may be that formatting one of them with windows will help, but I would recommend asking the manufacturer first, especially since you probably want to protect your warranty.

    Also... If you are using your front USB ports, they are BOTH connected to the motherboard through one internal USB expansion port and THAT may be what is confusing Windows. Test this out by using one attached to a rear USB port and see if this helps. If this is the case and you need independent access and the convenience of using front USB ports, you can probably add an additional front USB panel (if you have a free internal USB connector on your motherboard).
    If this doesnt work ive heard you can change your hd signature with a program called disk part (google it) Use it at your own risk though and backup before you do it or try it on the blank drive.


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    All the attempts I've made were on my laptop, so I only have 3 USB ports to work with. Tried all three, changed the letters with the Disk Management within Win7, and still won't recognize the two drives together on the same machine. But I have heard of that program, just never went through with using it yet. I just got the WD passport that has a slightly different model number and comes up as letter G. All the black Passports I've tried come up as I. And thats because I changed the letter to I a few attempts back and each one I attach comes up the same. I have other desktops to try on as well, but never have. Just took the easy way out and kept the one that has the letter G:. So thanks for the reply, if anyone knows of any proven solutions, please post. Thanks.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3RK View Post
    If this doesnt work ive heard you can change your hd signature with a program called disk part (google it) Use it at your own risk though and backup before you do it or try it on the blank drive.
    fyi we had the exact same very annoying problem (two drives with the same signature ID), and fixed it in a few minutes with diskpart.. nice step-by-step here:
    How to Change the Disk Signature of a Drive Without Losing Existing Data or Reformatting (howtohaven.com)
    [fyi a recap of our symptoms, for our identical WD mypassport drives:
    we could see either separately fine on the computer, but if we plugged both in at the same time, one would not receive a drive letter--and if we manually changed the drive letter of one, when we plugged in the 2nd, it would also have changed the same way.. ie windows thought both drives were one and the same, because they had the same signature ID].

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