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I have been using WD My Book Essential Edition 500 GB Hard Drive for some time on a Mac as backup for my files. Now it has disappeared from my desktop and it doesn't mount or show up at all in spite of restarting or turning the drive on and off. I also tried the connecting it via USB and Firewire. The only way I see it is through Apple's Disk Utility but it shows as a 2 TB drive and the only option is to erase an initialize. All other choices are grayed out. When I do try to erase, it gives an "input output error" after a few minutes. What can I do to make this drive useable again?

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Maybe you can try DiskWarrior (http://www.alsoft.com/diskwarrior/) to restore it. It's not a free solution, but it works very well on drives that are screwing up. cheers

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