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

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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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Does not need a driver.

COMPATIBILITY:

  • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Requires reformatting for Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard or Lion
  • Available USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
  • USB 3.0 port required for high speed transfers

Jun 26, 2014 | Toshiba Canvio Hard Drives

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I need to format my HD325 click free for mac


I'm sure the OP no longer needs to format their Clickfree C1 HD325 for use on Mac OS X, but I'll answer this question for anyone else who may need a solution.


Before you begin, there are a few things that you should know about Clickfree C1 and Mac OS X compatibility:
-Most Clickfree devices are compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, but there are some Clickfree C1 devices that aren't compatible with Mac OS X. If your Clickfree C1 was manufactured prior to 2009: your Clickfree C1 won't be compatible with Mac OS X.
-Take a look at the label located underneath the Clickfree C1: if you see WD08xxXM (WD08 is what's important here, you can ignore the rest of the numbers/letters that follow), your Clickfree won't be Mac OS X compatible.
-Formatting the Clickfree C1 using HFS+ will prevent any Windows operating system from detecting the Clickfree correctly. Try formatting the Clickfree in NTFS from a Windows computer for compatibility with both Mac OS X and Windows.




Pre-requisites:
-A Mac using OS X version 10.5 or better
-Administrator rights






Try the following steps to format your Clickfree C1 for use on a Mac (note that this will erase the contents on your Clickfree C1):
a. Using your keyboard, press the option key + command key + spacebar at the same time; a finder window will appear
b. In the search field located at the top-right of the window, type: Disk Utility
c. Finder will perform a search, and will display the Disk Utility application icon; double-click on the Disk Utility. The Disk Utility application will start
d. Plug your Clickfree into USB, wait a few moments for the application to recognize the Clickfree
e. Click on Clickfree Backup Media from the left side of the Disk Utility window
f. Select the Erase tab
g. Click on the Volume Format drop-down, select: "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"
h. In the Name field, type: CF_Storage
i. Click on the "Erase" button.
j. Once the erasing is complete, close the application
k. Unplug your Clickfree from USB
l. Plug your Clickfree back into USB

Sep 03, 2011 | ClickFree HD325 320 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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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

Jul 20, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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I need to intall a freecom usb external hard disk to an old computer uses windows 98 an i havent a drive Any help please? How can download s driver for this disk?


Unfortunately, the company only supported: OS: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Mac OS X v10.3 or higher and Time Machine (OS X v 10.5 Leopard) compatible, for their USB hard drives.

You would need someone to write a driver for you or to connect to a computer with a supported OS.

I wish that I could be of more help.

Cindy Wells

Nov 13, 2010 | Freecom 80 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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Simpletech usb drive model 96300-40001-001 Mac OS9 compatibility


If its 9.2 it may be because your mac is usb 1 and your external HDD is usb 2. It will recognize it but sometimes it takes longer to see the drive.

Feb 12, 2009 | SimpleTech SimpleDrive Portable USB 2.0...

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How can i get get WD "my book" hd to also work with windows


Some solutions possible:
(Optional: - First split the video in chunks <2GB to make them more compatible with older filesystems and networking technologies)
A) Copy the file over the network (e.g. using Windows Sharing on the Mac, or using File and Printer Sharing on Vista)
B) Try to do it via the MyBook.  This means the Mac must be able to write something and Vista must be able to read it.  You say you've "set up" the MyBook "for my macbook pro".  How did you format it?  What filesystem?  Mac OS Extended (HFS+) with Journaling?  In general, you need to install something on Vista to read the Mac's filesystem format (HFS+), or on the Mac to write a Windows format (probably best to use NTFS).  Examples of software like that are:    (Win) MacDisk <http://www.macdisk.com>, MacDrive <http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive>    (Mac) MacFUSE with NTFS-3G <http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/>       or Paragon NTFS <http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/>
B2) If you've formatted the MyBook as FAT32, you're lucky.  Just split the movie file in chunks <2GB, copy them to the MyBook, copy them from the MyBook in Vista and join the chunks again.
(for splitting you can use e.g. HJSplit and its compatibles <http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit/>) (also check e.g. "NTFS on your Mac two ways" <http://www.tuaw.com/2007/11/19/ntfs-on-your-mac-two-ways/> for an alternative explanation.)

Jan 29, 2009 | Western Digital MY BOOK HOME 1TB EXT...

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Knowledge base article #1716


How about including the link to this unfindable KB article?

Jul 16, 2008 | Western Digital 500GB My Book World...

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Drive listed as unknown device by mac os 10.5


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...

Feb 13, 2008 | Hard Drives

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