Western Digital Elements Hard Drives

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by Journbon, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Badnews

    Badnews Well-Known Member


    In my opinion them drives are junk, I have one here dead. The wife used it. I'll take the drive out and see if the controller took a dump.
     
  2. Journbon

    Journbon Well-Known Member

    Well this is surprising. I just checked the new drive and its GPT. Wasn't expecting that. I guess I'll transfer whatever is on there to a new drive and then see if I can convert it to MBR. Why would WD do something like that? Insane
     
  3. Badnews

    Badnews Well-Known Member


    Computer management and Disk management works wonders


    You can convert from GPT to MBR without removing the data from the drive. But i'm not saying nothing cuz if you mess up there goes your ISO's. :)
     
  4. Journbon

    Journbon Well-Known Member

    Better safe than sorry. I'd hate to lose the ISOs. BTW I just got another response from the WD message board. It seems the entire hard drive industry is moving to GPT and leaving the MBR behind and transitioning to 4K sector hard drives.

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/4k-sector-hard-drives-windows
     
  5. Badnews

    Badnews Well-Known Member


    But for your Oppo it's MBR, Computers another story
     
  6. Journbon

    Journbon Well-Known Member

    That true. I guess after I clean up this mess I'll start to look into other ways for Blu ray ISO playback. I don't know how to convert GPT to MBR so I'll do research on that but might be easier to find a new way to playback the ISOs especially if all the drives will be GPTs
     
  7. Badnews

    Badnews Well-Known Member


    What OS you running, In Win 7 to convert quick

    1. Backup all of your data from the drive before converting the drive from GPT to MBR.
    2. Open command prompt window during installation by pressing Shift + F10.
    3. Type Diskpart into cmd window.
    4. Type list disk.
    5. Now type select disk DiskNumber.
    6. Now type clean.
    7. Now the last step is : At the command prompt, type convert mbr.
    or



    Code:
    https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26203-convert-gpt-disk-mbr-disk.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
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  8. Journbon

    Journbon Well-Known Member

    I'm using Window 10 but should be the same. I'll give it a go when I get home from work. Thanks! The drive is empty now so I'm not worried about losing any data.
     
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  9. Badnews

    Badnews Well-Known Member


    Code:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/85757-convert-gpt-disk-mbr-disk-windows-10-a.html
     
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  10. Journbon

    Journbon Well-Known Member

    Thanks Badnews. It didn't even take 10 seconds to convert. Now at least I can use the drive so it won't go to waste.
     
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