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Mac not able to read drive

After about a month of use, my mac computer stopped reading my mybook. I have tried it on a pc aswell, and it was not read. A disk repair utility comes up when plug the hd into my computer, but it won't let me verify or repair the disk.

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  • animals Nov 10, 2007

    it just doesn't recognize it- nothing happens.

  • mcescalante Dec 13, 2007

    the light wheel just keeps spinning, and it makes a louder noise than usual. It won't load, and I need data off the drive. Please Help!

  • Gmilford Feb 21, 2008

    My mac no longer sees my external My Book hard drive. I have tried to vary the connections from a 800 Firewire Cable to a 400 Firewire Cable but to no avail. I have also tried to power down the My Book by unplugging the power supply and plugging it back in but the same condition exists.

  • K_Kelly Apr 19, 2008

    We have a WD 500 GB. It used to boot (i.e., show up on the desktop), although sometimes after 15 to 30 minutes. Now we wait an hour and nothing happens. The whole process takes forever (several hours for one laptop, either full or incremental backup), even when it boots and you set up the backup. We have to run it overnight, just so we can keep using our computers.

  • Anonymous May 03, 2008

    I have the exact My Book and am having the same issue.  In fact, when I'm in windows using Fusion, it reads my My Book with no problems.   I have my life on that hard drive and it freaks me out everytime!  

  • rikemomo Jan 22, 2009

    really, really frustrated.

  • shavittzurie Jan 30, 2009

    I have WD my book world 500GB , my mac just stop recognize it. i tried to connect it to a PC or to router and it worked fine but i'm using it via ethernet (because the speed) and it can't worked that way. 
    sometimes it shoes the icon of the drive but won't let me get in

    does anyone knows how to find in a mac the IP of the WD?

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    suddenly my mybook can't be read on Mac. but thank god it can on non-mac. but still~



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I have the same problem it started 14 days into owning the product, just in time for the warranty to run out.  I have not yet been able to recover my documents which are extremely important.  I have also heard very negative things regarding WD Anywhere Backup and audio and video files - look into it.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008


Disconnect mybook from the computer then disconnect the power cable to turn the mybook off completely. Plug it back in after a few seconds and then reconnect to the computer. Worked for me and didn't lose any data.

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What I actually ended up doing was getting some disk recovery software called Data Rescue II, and I ran it. I ran it because I wanted to keep my data, but while it was running a thorough scan, it actually fixed itself... it must have gotten jammed up.

I would reccommend running some kind of data recovery software IF YOU NEED YOUR FILES. DON'T depend on it fixing the problem, but if you need your data, it DID work for me =D.

If you have any major questions let me know and I can try to help.

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I have the same problem. It just started today

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What happens when you plug the Hard Drive into a Windows machine?

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