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Applications Intallation window did not run

I just bought a WD mybook essential edition hard drive and plugged it into my mac book and the installation window did not appear. The my book icon appeared on my desktop and I am able to transfer files to it, but I know there should have been some sort of installation....there is a setup.exe file on the my book but when i click it there is no application specified to run it.

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Setup.exe will help to install a wd anywhere backup software and also few other softwares which is compatible for windows not for mac

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