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.
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.
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.
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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Chances are it was formatted as NTFS format by the PC which is not MAC compatible. You will need to reformat the drive in HFS format if you want it to work as a MAC disk only or in FAT32 format if you want to read it in PC and MAC machines.
The essential edition is a single drive unit. if you have another computer you could pull the drive out of the enclosure and connect it directly to the computer to retrieve your data. I use an external usb 2.0 to IDE/Sata adapter that connects to the drive and the PC. These can be found online for $10.00-$15.00. This adapter has saved me many times in the past. The other option is to connect the MyBook to another computer (Mac or PC) and see if that computer will read the drive correctly or not.
load the driver for mac use, the external hard drive comes with cd, the mac driver should be inside, load it to your mac computer. if you donot have the cd go online to western digital and download it. just load the driver and u will be fine, make sure u connect the cable in right places.
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.)
You should buy a program called "Partition Table Doctor". I went through the EXACT same thing and it was just a bad partition on my mybook which is the EXACT same as yours is. It cleared up the problem for me. I still have problems with my mybook so i wish that I bought a different hard drive, but oh well.
but try "Partition Table Doctor", it will scan your mybook and fix any partition errors with it.
I was in the same boat as you over a year ago and trust me, "Partition Table Doctor" is a LIFESAVER!