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Re: wd My book, mac and windows
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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from pg 68 of the user guide.
Reformatting the Drive
and refer to Knowledge Base answer ID 3865 for
information about reformatting the drive.
See "Troubleshooting" on page 66 for more information about reformatting a drive.
Restoring the WD
Software and Disk Image
After you have reformatted your drive for use on Mac computers, go to
and see Knowledge Base answer ID 7 for information about
downloading and restoring the
Mac versions of the WD Driv
e Utilities and WD Security
software and disk image.
The WD SmartWare software is not available
for Mac computers with this drive model.
The are many reports of these drives doing just that (mind you, it's not confined to WD)
I'm guessing you're on a Mac - did you install any of WD's software?
the WD software does nothing on a mac other than cause problems. The best thing is to try connecting to another mac to see if it shows up there.
On the positive side, most times it's not the HD but the enclosure that is at fault.
Some solutions possible:
- 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.)
Try a complete uninstall and reinstall. Also double check to see that it is compatible to your Mac. It proboably is, but check anyways just in case. Stuff like this is more commonly overlooked than you think.
the mac format of the drive is more scedualed than the windows xp or other so format ur drive so ur new operating system will install the principke sys files and it will be accecible in mac..but in windows xp u must format again...