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How do I change Ownership and Permissions for WD Elements Drive on a MAC

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SOURCE: My wd elements hard drive of 1 terabyte will not turn on

Hi,

Usually if this happens it's either a dead AC adapter or a failed circuit board inside. If you have nothing crucial on the drive take it back to the store you bought it from or contact Western Digital for warranty.

If you do have crucial files and don't want to loose them by simply warrantying the drive, take it to your local PC store and void your warranty by having the techs there move you hard drive into a new enclosure for testing. If it works in the new enclosure buy it and be on your way. If it doesn't your problems are more severe and will require some specialized assistance from a Data Recovery Pro. If this is the case ask the techs to place the HDD in a anti-static bag then reply to me with your Country, State, City and I will refer you to a nearby Pro who can access your files and save them for you.


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Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Have WD Elements 320GB Hard Drive. Saved Movies on

You can't. Windows and Mac are two different company's.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Can't drag items into WD external hard drive (Mac OS X)

OK Where did the files on the drive come from if you can't write to it?
I'm suspecting that It's come from a PC and the disk is formatted NTFS.
Macs can read the NTFS but cannot write to it. They can read and write to FAT and other DOS formats.
If you are only going to use it on your Mac then you will have to reformat the drive.
First, copy every file you need to keep onto your HD (if you have room) then use Disk Utility (in the Utilities Folder) to erase and refomat as Mac OS Extended (Journalled).
Then copy all your files back on
If you need to use the drive on both Mac and Windows use the MS_DOS (FAT) option.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Can you tell me how to reformat my WD Elements

You can use a pc formatted drive with a mac but to format it as a mac drive go to applications then into utilities then go disk utility. Once opened in the left hand side choose your hard drive on the right hand side you will see buttons "First Aid", "Erase", "RAID and "Restore". Click on Erase under volume format choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then name your hard drive and then click the erase button down below the name box. Hope this helps

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

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Hi Ray,

According to the Western Digital support page the drive will need reformatting for use with MacOS X Leopard (10.5). The relevant page is here http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/search/1/a_id/5730#

There is a direct link to the WD Mac update here http://community.wdc.com/t5/News-Announcements/Software-Update-Mac-WD-SmartWare-Updater-Version-1-3-3-8-6-14-11/m-p/206306#M181

Maurice
Wellington NZ

Posted on Jul 11, 2011

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How do I change permissions on WD Elements 1TB on a PC?


You have to be the computers administrator to change any values on any hard drive on your computer. Click start control panel user accounts on the users tab click the name of the computer Administrator you must have full control. Click start click to open on my computer you should see your drive could be E: or something right click select properties there will be an array of options select the sharing tab option then advanced sharing make sure you have a tick in the share this folder box then click permissions make sure you have all 3 boxes ticked full control changes and read in windows 7 If you are running a Windows XP OS then you might be able to:
Click start right click on my computer select open

Right click the icon of your Drive (It should be F:/ or something)
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Shouldn't you be able to just drop and drag files directly into the hard drive? every time i try i get a message saying "Brian", thats the name i put to the hard drive, cannot be modified. I have...


You may need to check the permissions on the drive. To do this highlite the drive on the desktop. Then do a Get Info by selecting it under the File menu in the Finder, or Command - I. The Get Info window will then open. Near the bottom you will find out who has permissions. Make sure that you have the box checked "Ignore ownership on this volume". If the drive says you have read-only permissions, you can change this by clicking on the lock at the bottom, then enter the admin name and password. You can then change the permissions to Read and write. I hope this helps.

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You can use a pc formatted drive with a mac but to format it as a mac drive go to applications then into utilities then go disk utility. Once opened in the left hand side choose your hard drive on the right hand side you will see buttons "First Aid", "Erase", "RAID and "Restore". Click on Erase under volume format choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then name your hard drive and then click the erase button down below the name box. Hope this helps

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Take it back to where you bought it, and get a replacement,
or at least get them to demonstrate that it _does_ work, when connected to a Mac computer (not a Windows computer).

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I cannot get the other networks to connect or see our ELEMENTS server


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Did it work before??

What do you mean "other networks"??

Sounds like Admin login permissions have been changed.

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If the drive is mounted on your desktop single click on the drive icon. Press option 'i' keys to get the info about the drive.

The permissions will be listed in the window. As administrator you should be able to unlock the drive and change the permissions from here or if you have admin rights as the user you should be able to do the same.

If for some reason you are unable to do this you might have to reformat the drive. In this case copy the files you need on the drive off onto you mac and reformat the drive with the apple utility. You might have to change the permission on the files you take off the drive. You do the same thing as with the drive.

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click on the drive once so it highlighted. Hit the 2 keys apple and I. this will bring up a dialog box with the drives information. See if the drive is locked. Choose ownership and permission below and click on the padlock, you want read and write permissions and you will only need your system password to change this. Also check if the drive is formatted properly for Macintosh use. If there is nothing on the drive that is crucial, open DISK utility and format it for OS extended.

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