Formatted (on PC) 1TB WD hard drive cannot be altered on Macbook
A newly purchased 1TB WD External Hard Drive would not allow files to be stored on it despite being virtually empty. Viewed blogs on this and opted to re-format the drive. After this I could load files on to from a PC but when then attached to my Macbook Pro (I am gradually changing over to Mac but still have a PC desktop) I could see and open files but not change any of these nor back up my macbook files (main reason for purchasing the drive. A solution would be most appreciated.
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What OS are you running? What is it formatted as FAT32 or NTFS and how big are the partitions. Various operating systems, hardware and formatting schemes have different limitations. If you want to use the drive in Leopard formatted with NTFS which is the only way to create partitions larger than 20 or 30 GB you may need to install an NTFS file system driver like FUSE. The other option is to format it as HFS and install Macdrive 7 in Windows to use Mac formatted drives in Windows.
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Usually with an external hard drive it's not necessary for it to copy over an existing backup or at least you can program your PC not to do this. What will happen is you will have several different copies of backup's and you will have to decide if you want to erase the others and keep the most resent one. Yes your file will be saved withing the backup but if you change the file name it will file this as a new file
WD has a courtesy Drive cloning tool from acronis. It's on their web sit under drivers. Don't worry about the "My Book" thing the file is labeled Acronis True Image WD Edition Software download.
A Windows PC computer will not read files on the WD hard drive that has been formatted on a MAC. The fix. Copy your photos onto the MAC computer then remove the WD hard drive and connect it to your Windows PC and format the WD hard drive in FAT32 file system. After formatting has been completed remove the WD hard disk and connect it to the MAC computer. The MAC can read and write to a Windows FAT32 formated hard disk. You can now copy the photos from the MAC to the WD hard disk. When copying is complete, remove the WD hard drive and connect the WD hard drive to your Windows PC and you can now copy the photo from the WD hard disk to your Windows PC.
Your WD HDD have been attacted by viruses for your computer or outside computer where you used it last. Make sure that you have an up to date antivirus software, scan your computer or the external hard drive, explore your computer, go to tools - folder options under view files & folders select show hidden files and folders apply and ok it.
It appears to be a problem with the WD hard disk that has data that the PC cannot read. I suggest you format the WD hard disk. The WD hard drive must be formatted on a PC in FAT32 for you to exchange data between the MAC and the PC. This will allow the MAC to see a PC hard disk and write files to the WD that the PC can open.
The Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB hard drive is formatted for PC, not Mac. The simplest way to get your MacBook to recognize this new drive--and therefore copy the files from your old drive--is to plug it in to a PC and format the drive. I was advised to format with FAT 16, as this would be recognized by my MacBook. Fortunately, the process was not that involved, since the Vista-driven PC found the drivers for the WD Scorpio Blue automatically. Once formatted, I safely removed the drive and plugged it into my MacBook via a USB port using a BYTECC Drive Mate. Magically, it now appeared on my MacBook Desktop and was recognized by the cloning software I was using, SuperDuper. Three hours later, the files on my old hard drive were successfully cloned onto the Scorpio Blue--except now I had an additional 364GB of storage space. Swapping out the old drive and replacing it with the new was not a big deal at all--just make sure you have the right screwdriver for the last task--a Torx #6. Mission accomplished.
In order to fix this problem, be sure that the drive is formatted to NTSC. Mine was, however, when I started loading mp3 files to the drive first, it somehow got reformatted to FAT32. I don't know how, but it did. Copy your mkv files FIRST!