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My WD Mybook 1TB doesn't appear on my desktop?

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    Chris May 11, 2010

    Hello, We can certainly help with this, but will require some additional info. What OS do you use, Windows XP/Vista, Mac 10.?, etc. Does the icon not show up in "My Computer" as well or does it work there? Please comment back with this info and we'll do our best to walk you through it. Chris

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SOURCE: WD mybook world won't work on mac?

Window and OSX - fun and joy.
Since you formatted a 1TB drive and it works fine in Windows, I have to concluded the the drive was formatted NTFS.
Here is the issue in a nutshell, OSX supports reading NTFS but have very limited write cababilities.
If you want both Windows and OSX to have full access to an external drive you should format it FAT32. The only issue then is that under normal conditions a FAT32 drive has a maximum size of 32GB.
I would partition the drive to have 1 or more FAT32 partitions and then have the rest of the drive NTFS.

Is the OSX version correct or should it be 10.3. If it is actually 1.3 it would mean you have the OSX Server edition that originally came out in 1999 and it may not have very good USB support - version 1.2 would only support 1 USB device.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008

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SOURCE: I just drop my WD external hard disk (Please help)

open your mybook and do some extra care repair and see what happen

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Need to open WD MyBook 1TB HDD model WD10000H1CS-00

I have this same problem and found a great write-up here that has text and photos of the process. I haven't tried the process with mine but there are plenty of responses to his posting indicating success. Good luck.

- mike

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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SOURCE: How do I format my WD MyBook Elite to FAT32

Using FAT32 these days on a current OS will half the
HDD storing capabilities especially if your unit uses'
a SATA HDD , FAT32 speed compared to NTFS is
less than half and the compression tool on NTFS
are more compact and compile better , also FAT32
is used to apply an operating system not for external
storage and if you are using your external storage HDD for holding an operating system to the HDD
will be suspectable to contracting viruses and
putting your data at risk , since the external HDD
is static and does not run through the OS registry

Posted on Jan 29, 2010

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