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WD Passport Essential 160gb with PowerBook G4

Hi,  I just bought a 160gb WD passport to back up my files, and it is not showing up on my laptop (powerbook g4 running tiger 10.something or other). Any suggestions what I can do I really need to back up these files!!! Thanks

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  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    yes but is Internal HardDirve I just replace my Dead 40Gb HardDrive for a 160GB Powerbook Hard Drive Hitachi Upgrade, and I Boot with my software install and restore DVD. I went thru Disk Utility, and it doesN't recognize the HardDrive.
    Do I have to do something else? BIOS scann? Upgrade firmware? use another MAC OS version restore? my version cd is 10.2.3 dvd version 1.1., please HELP ME!!

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    Arggh me too, I just bought it and I lost my receipt! Mine is a 250gb and it won't work on my G4 mac or my windows desktop pc! The comps just wont recognise it.

  • karynleigh Jan 12, 2009

    I just bought the Western Digital 500 GB USB 2.0 to back up files and my Powerbook G4 does not find it on either USB port. The portable disk drive beeps. Is there any way to give it more power?

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The problem is that your powerbook G4 does not provide enough power to your 160gb passport HD. This does not happens to the new Macs with intel inside.
There are several ways to fix it:
1) Go to West Digital Website and buy a "Power Buster Cable USB" (that connect your 2 USB ports to your passport HD in order to provide more power). I think that it costs 10$. This is the link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/accessories.asp?ProdID=170
2) The other solution is easier. If you have an external USB hard drive with two USB ports, or a DVD/CD burner with two usb ports, you can pug your passport in one of the ports while the other HD or DVD/CD burner is connected to you PowerBook. You will be able to see and use your q60gb Passport HD.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

I wish I could give you a solution ....my WD did the same ...they are pathetic

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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