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How to unlock data on hard drive with a imac

I recently moved my my book from a pc to a imac. Now I cannot add new data from the imac to the my book

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  • mmaat Feb 21, 2009

    The book is not full.  

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    I have the same problem, when I try to move a photo from the mac to the my book it tells me the mybook cannot be modified, does anyone know how to unlock the mybook so I can transfer from mac notbook to my book. Thanks



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 the book is full

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