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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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Re: mac not able to read drive

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

Re: mac not able to read drive

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.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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Re: mac not able to read drive

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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Re: mac not able to read drive

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

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