I used my Mybook Essential Edition 320GB for a few months in between both Windows XP and Mac OSX 10 without and kind of problems. I can't recall exactly when, but suddenly it was no longer recognized on either operating system. It will power on fine but instead of connecting the LEDs will just flash every second or so as if it's trying to intilize but never can. On Windows it never really stops doing this, but on OSX it will do it for awhile and then ask me if I want to try and repair the drive (I don't recall the exact application name). I don't really care to save the hard drive. I really just want to get the files off of it. Is there anything I can do?
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You have to install the backup software on the new computer. Either download from WD to use what came with the MyBook. Attach the MyBook and find it in My Computer. If it is not there, you have to reboot and find the attached device. After Windows recognized the drive, the backup software will ask you for a new backup but just decline and reactivate the plan (actions/reactivate). That should do it!
I would listen to the enclosure near your ear to see if you hear any "spinning up noises." Or if you hear "clicking" or "buzzing or beeping." Just to verify the drive is okay. It could have gone bad; being it is so new, it would be under warranty replacement. Also, connect the drive up to another computer in an effort to see if the interface is okay. There could be a problem with the usb controller inside the Mybook. HOwever, once you open it - the warranty is void. Lastly, you could send it to a data recovery company and see if they will diagnose it. Western Digital has a list of approved recovery companies on their website.
Window and OSX - fun and joy.
Since you formatted a 1TB drive and it works fine in Windows, I have to concluded the the drive was formatted NTFS.
Here is the issue in a nutshell, OSX supports reading NTFS but have very limited write cababilities.
If you want both Windows and OSX to have full access to an external drive you should format it FAT32. The only issue then is that under normal conditions a FAT32 drive has a maximum size of 32GB.
I would partition the drive to have 1 or more FAT32 partitions and then have the rest of the drive NTFS.
Is the OSX version correct or should it be 10.3. If it is actually 1.3 it would mean you have the OSX Server edition that originally came out in 1999 and it may not have very good USB support - version 1.2 would only support 1 USB device.