Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


External hard drive being constantly accessed

  1. #11


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    Theres a program obviously accessing it, try disconnecting your internet for an hour and see if the access stops.
    If it stops then your computer is downloading or uploading files, could be P2P, malware, or online backups, killing the internet temporarily should slim down the possible causes..
    True what you say, but was not explained if OP heard accessing on the drive, just a blinking light, which it does this when it sleeps too.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Well, here it is a week later and it's still going on. It's 24/7. Doesn't matter what I do, the light keeps blinking.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    @Odos270 - Have you read the manual as I suggested 2 weeks ago in post #3 to be sure the device is not simply in standby mode?

    I note on page 5 of the user manual for this My Book, it clearly says when the Power/Activity LED is slowly flashing (about every 2.5 seconds), the device is in "System Standby".

    Page 54 shows other lights flashing green/white or red/white indicate the system is locked or being formatted, or that the system is overheating - but I don't think it is locked or overheating. Frankly, I think your system is working perfectly and telling you it is standing by, waiting on you!

    Note there are over a dozen different My Book models. So if not in Standby, which model is yours?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    wd10000h1u
    My Book Essential 2.0 Edition

    Power/Activity LED
    Appearance------Description
    Steady Power-on state or power-save mode
    Fast flashing (for approx. 3 seconds) Transitioning to system standby
    Slow flashing (every 5 seconds) System standby
    Up and down Drive in use

    I scanned the drive with my AV program and the blinking doesn't change. I can tell that while scanning I can feel the 'clicks' of the drive. When nothing is going on, the drive is just sitting there with the light flashing. I have the drive on it's side (not standing on end). It blinks left, right, left, right, both leds. As I've said, nothing I do changes the action of the leds. So, by going by the blink it's saying that the drive is constantly in use.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    And if you disconnect it from the computer but keep power applied, what happens?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    @Odos270 - Have you read the manual as I suggested 2 weeks ago in post #3 to be sure the device is not simply in standby mode?

    I note on page 5 of the user manual for this My Book, it clearly says when the Power/Activity LED is slowly flashing (about every 2.5 seconds), the device is in "System Standby".


    This is exactly what i keep questioning, pace of blinking light due to standby mode after drive spins down from no use, now have drive on all time or PC then will blink ever 2.5 seconds being no access. Do you feel this is the problem you see or is it something else? Seem say drive works fine, tested it with Chkdsk.

    That model number is no where on WD site at all, not sure have right one, even checked one you listed in previous post here, usually WDB........
    I have similair one, WD My Book USB 3.0 4TB model WDBFJK0040HBK.

    Personally i do not feel laying this on it's side is a great idea, should be upright on it's rubber feet, like in pictures see at WD.


    Page 54 shows other lights flashing green/white or red/white indicate the system is locked or being formatted, or that the system is overheating - but I don't think it is locked or overheating. Frankly, I think your system is working perfectly and telling you it is standing by, waiting on you!

    Note there are over a dozen different My Book models. So if not in Standby, which model is yours?

    This is exactly what i keep questioning, pace of blinking light due to standby mode after drive spins down from no use, now if you have the drive on all time or PC then will blink ever 2.5 seconds being no access, if there is acccess light will remain solid. If i shut my PC light goes out completely.

    What i recall light should be white if all is well with the drive. See Essentials has a power button which one i have does not.

    Do you feel this is the problem you see or is it something else ? Seem to say this drive works fine, you tested it with Chkdsk and scans.

    That model number is no where on WD site at all, do not think you gave the right one, even checked one you listed in previous post here too, usually starts with WDB........

    I have similar one, WD My Book USB 3.0 4TB model # WDBFJK0040HBK.

    Personally i do not feel laying this on it's side is a great idea, should be upright on it's rubber feet, like in pictures see at WD.
    Shouldn't need fans, said once getting hot. Is it in an area not ventilating well?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Untitled.jpg  
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
External hard drive being constantly accessed
Related Threads
can see external hard drive in Drivers & Hardware
I can't see my external it was working fine yesterday it doesn't appear in disk management or in my PC.I put it in another laptop and it works fine. I have plugged in a flash drive and 2 external hard dries into all usb port and the computer won't recognize any of them
Hard drive crash enquiry My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is...
Hard drive cant be accessed in Drivers & Hardware
this issue has started wednesday i plugged in the usb external hard drive and noticed a few things like i couldnt go into the drive with explorer. lately ive tried everything format, delete and new partition, safe mode, turing off ms processes, bunches of things. but what i can give to you guys is...
new external hard drive in Drivers & Hardware
Hello I have a pc which uses 2.0 usb. I want a new external hard drive, with no adapters. Can my pc work with a one with 3.0 if that's all I can find? I think it will work at 2.0 speeds but am asking to be sure. I know the upgrade would be better but I don't want to buy a new pc just for the...
Solved External hard drive in Drivers & Hardware
I'm installing a new toshiba 1 TB external hard drive & it is formatted NTSF.I'v all ways heard you must format high capacity drives to fat 32.Which is correct & why Thanks
I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up...
Installed Win 8 Preview in VMware just yesterday. How to make Win 8 recognizing the existance of an external hard drive ? Thank you. t-4-2
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook