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Formatting and Partioning WD My Book for Mac OS X

First question are the Western Digital My Book 640 gig External Hard Drives formatted for OS X when shipped? Will they work better if reformatted for Mac?

2nd Question I want to partition the Hard Drive to store data from an old hard drive and use the rest as Time Machine back-up. I go through the partitioning process via disk utility but it says error occurred My Book could not be unmounted.
I want to be able to partition the Hard Drive.

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