Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
My WD My Book Essential Edition does not open any more. Following error message comes up:
The disk in Drive (G) is not formated.
Would you like to format it now?
Let me know if I have lost my files or is there still a way to recover them.
Thank you in advance.
You can check on Western Digitals website and see what kind of utilities they have for that hard drive as far as diagnostics, repair, and recovery are concerned.
You could try another computer and see if its doing the same thing?
If neither option works you may have not choice but to format the problem to get the hard drive repaired and working again.
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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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