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External drive no longer appears

External drive used to appear in the finder, now it doesn't. It does appear in the disc utility window.

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Hi Neil 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.

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Both are easy to do and when set up to use will have you burning music, video, data, and image files (ISO) to CDs or DVDs in no time at all.

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BURNING DISKS WITH FINDER

1.) Create a Burn folder and burn a CD/DVD

* The easiest way to burn a disc with Finder is to create a Burn folder with Finder. Here's how you do that:

* Click on any blank space on your desktop and in an instant, Finder will appear on the Apple menu bar next to the Apple menu icon.
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• Now you can either drag and drop files into the folder, or just double-click the folder and also drag and drop files into the open Burn Folder window

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* Notice the Burn button (highlighted in the red box). This is the button you will press, to commence the burn (or copying) of the data you have placed in the burn folder to be copied to disk.

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BURNING A DISC WITH DISK UTILITY

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* Simply open Disk Utility by either clicking anywhere on a blank space on your Desktop window and Finder will appear near your Apple menu, select Go >Utilities and that will take you to the Utilities Folder which is the default location of the Disk Utility application.

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* Or you can click the Finder icon on your Dock, open a new Finder window, click on "Applications" listed in the side window and select the Utilities folder

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