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Purchased WD My Passport Essential thinking it was a full service drive(i.e., backup and bootable for system crash and recovery) but NOT! Anybody know of work arounds? Firmware prevents from making the drive bootable.

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I had a WD My passport Essential 500GB, and it do not have any restriction. Are you sure yours has it? –  enzotib Aug 30 '11 at 14:21
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@ladnarlee - I'm not aware of a linux way to do this - however, you can do this via windows - dedoimedo.com/computers/passport-vcd.html –  fossfreedom Aug 30 '11 at 14:42
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I'm not aware of a linux way to do this - however, you can do this via windows

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