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How to formate WD My Book for Mac and Windows?

How to formate WD My Book (1TB) for Mac and Windows? Right now it works only on my mac. It is ok with me if I have to delete everything to make this work but I need this drive to be regognized by both systems.

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  • bs1000oldq Feb 22, 2009

    Yeah, the same thing is happening to mine, where I can access my book from my mac but not from my windows computer how can I get it to work on both?

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If you format your drive as FAT32 Mac should also see it.

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It should work OK.
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Mac not recognizing External Western Digital HD.


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http://mac.softpedia.com/get/System-Utilities/NTFS-3G.shtml

download and install the software then restart your mac.

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Plug it into your mac, open "Disk Utility" select your Hard Drive in the list to the side, click "RAID" change the Volume Format to MS-DOS (FAT). Now unplug it, plug it into your PC, open "My Computer" right click your Hard Drive and click "Format" change to FAT(it might be FAT 32, or something else). Click "Format." This should work.
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How can i get get WD "my book" hd to also work with windows


Some solutions possible:
(Optional: - First split the video in chunks <2GB to make them more compatible with older filesystems and networking technologies)
A) Copy the file over the network (e.g. using Windows Sharing on the Mac, or using File and Printer Sharing on Vista)
B) Try to do it via the MyBook.  This means the Mac must be able to write something and Vista must be able to read it.  You say you've "set up" the MyBook "for my macbook pro".  How did you format it?  What filesystem?  Mac OS Extended (HFS+) with Journaling?  In general, you need to install something on Vista to read the Mac's filesystem format (HFS+), or on the Mac to write a Windows format (probably best to use NTFS).  Examples of software like that are:    (Win) MacDisk <http://www.macdisk.com>, MacDrive <http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive>    (Mac) MacFUSE with NTFS-3G <http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/>       or Paragon NTFS <http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/>
B2) If you've formatted the MyBook as FAT32, you're lucky.  Just split the movie file in chunks <2GB, copy them to the MyBook, copy them from the MyBook in Vista and join the chunks again.
(for splitting you can use e.g. HJSplit and its compatibles <http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit/>) (also check e.g. "NTFS on your Mac two ways" <http://www.tuaw.com/2007/11/19/ntfs-on-your-mac-two-ways/> for an alternative explanation.)

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Oh boy , mac , well for starters if the drive was formated on a PC , the mac may not recognise it at all.

namely because mac partition and PC partition are two different critters.

the only method I know of to get a MAC drive partitioned and formated for a mac is use FreeBSD tools.

I can hear my fellow geeks laughing and mocking me in the background for my lack of knowledge on this one , but hey at least it gets you one step farther than you were before.

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