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Compuer doesnot see the my book

My Mac G4 does not see my new external drive western digital my book 1 terabite storage.

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  • mfeldman Feb 13, 2008

    I have a new Terabyte WD MYbook drive which is not recognized by my iMac running OS 10.5.0. I have checked my connections which are good. The firewire report under "About this Mac" sees an unknown device by an unknown manufacturer with an unknown connection speed but states the max transfer rate of the device is 800mb/sec. The drive is "alive" but its capacity light is not on. WD Button Manager software did nothing. Looking for compatibility update software.
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Only the Proedition2 and the studio edition are formatted for a mac

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