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System crashed during external drive firmware update. Now WD MyBook is not recognized on system (Windows 7, XP, or Snow Leopard). Unable to identify a driver to install. Suggestions?

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Why did u upgrade ur Firmware....99.9% of the time upgrades of Firmware spoils the hardware....

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Hello!!

The MAC is not recognizing HDD because it may not be in FAT or MAC OS X Journeled Format.
Please Follow below steps to Reformat the HDD to make it Compatible with MAC.

1. Connect the HDD.
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External Hard drives are not designed to an operating system version, they will work with any windows system. The only difference is between MAC and windows.

Remember windows 7 is designed for people who don't know anything about computers, so they can just use it without knowing anything.

So windows 7 will work with anything more then vista will.

Don't worry it will work fine with win 7.


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Does the external drive work when connected to some _other_ computer? (Friend? Office? Home?)

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So, a qualified technician can open the external drive, remove the disk-drive, and connect it directly to a computer, to see if the files can be "directly" read from the disk-drive.

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Check if the Windows XP Security Updates are there on the Unit.
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the mac format of the drive is more scedualed than the windows xp or other so format ur drive so ur new operating system will install the principke sys files and it will be accecible in mac..but in windows xp u must format again...

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