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I have a Mac running Leopard. I cleared up Memory on My Western Digital My Book by deleting alot of programs but the memory stats have not changed. Why?? Can someone please help me. I want to recover all that memory. Its about 200 GB of programs and folders I deleted.

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Try going to Applications, Utilities, Disk Utility and use the Disk Utility program to format the disk.

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I just purchased a WD my book essential at Costco. I have an IMAC and need to reformat. I have Snow Leopard and plan on getting the new Lion after I transfer information to the haard disk. I just...


How do I format the external hard drive on a Macintosh computer?

To format the drive for MAC OSX

1. Connect the drive to your computer.

2. Open Disk Utility. (Applications folder > Utilities folder > Disk Utility). Select the hard drive in the left hand column and click on the Erase tab.

3. In the Volume Format drop-down menu, select Mac OS Extended *.

4. Once you have selected the format and have named the drive, click on Erase. You will be presented with a 'Are you Sure' dialog.

5. The drive will format and upon completion will be available for use.

Note: * For the best performance, we recommend using Mac OS Extended format. However, if you will be transferring files between a Windows system and a Macintosh, format the drive as MS-DOS (FAT32) or use a program such as MediFour

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My western digital passport drive has the following issues. 1. when I play a movie it keeps stopping and starting like its streaming. then it will eventually freeze up. 2. I have tried several times to...


First, check your computer to make sure it is keeping up with the job. In Windows, open Task Manager (Control-Alt-Delete), click on Performance, and look for the CPU graph. If it is maxed out, or if the amount of memory in use is greater than the physical memory installed in the computer (using the internal hard drive for memory), the computer is having trouble keeping up with the workload. Quit any programs not needed for playing the movie, including those resident in the task bar. You may also need to do a scan for Trojan Horses stealing processor time. Add more physical memory if necessary and possible. In Mac OS X, open Activity Monitor and check the CPU and System Memory tabs.

There are at least three external hard drive models that meet your description, including one designed for playing movies (Passport AV). If you are running Windows, try the "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows" download for the Passport Essential to see what it finds. Save it and install it on your computer's internal drive, then use it to check the Passport unit.

If that doesn't fly, you may have to disassemble the Passport and install its hard drive as a second internal hard drive in a computer. Use a S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic program (Data Lifeguard, or one of the Linux equivalents) to inspect the drive's internal problem tracking registers. If the diagnostic program works on the Passport, but reports problems with the drive mechanism, that's your answer.

If the drive works properly inside a computer, but misbehaves in the Passport case, you have a problem with the cable, the USB interface, or the Passport's power supply.

Regarding the firmware updater: It is not for the plain-Jane Passport Essential model (WDMExx3200). The program should be saved and run from your computer's internal drive, not the targeted Passport drive (the drive can't do read operations while its firmware is being updated).

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I formatted my drive for my mac... is there anyway I can retrieve my data with windows 7?


Well, technically speaking yes but there are some unknown factors. Here are some software that may help.For Windows --> data recovery toolFor Mac OS X --> recover formatted disk Mac
One thing to remember - DO NOT write anything back!

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No Power to new 640 My Book Drive


John, Ejected or unmounted may be the difference.  Have you added the drive?  If you only power it up occasionally for back-ups you would leave it off, but for everyday use once it is added you can just leave it on and after you power down then turn it off.  randy320sgi

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How to formate WD My Book for Mac and Windows?


If you format your drive as FAT32 Mac should also see it.

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My Book, Need upgrade to make it compatible with Mac Leopard OS X. Article #1716.


1) Go to support.wdc.com 2) Click Downloads 3) Select MyBook, then your MyBook model (I selected MyBook Home, as it was appropriate to my hardware) 4) Download and install the WD Drive Manager (Mac)
Note that this software only updates the utilities that control the power button, drive lights, and capacity gauge. If the drive is otherwise not functioning properly, you'll probably need to seek alternate support: the hardware itself functions just fine for me as an external drive without installing any additional software or drivers.

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Compuer doesnot see the my book


Only the Proedition2 and the studio edition are formatted for a mac

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Dantz software?


I think the MS PRO portion is for a card reader for formating a memory stick if you have one, if not don't worry.

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