Seems to functioning fine just wont mount, I am sure it is a simple fix, I'm going to try mounting it on a PC, as WD software seems a proclivity in that direction.
Annoying, mine is still under warranty, but I don't want to deal with WD's warranty process- Be the last WD drive I ever buy!
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You can use a pc formatted drive with a mac but to format it as a mac drive go to applications then into utilities then go disk utility. Once opened in the left hand side choose your hard drive on the right hand side you will see buttons "First Aid", "Erase", "RAID and "Restore". Click on Erase under volume format choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then name your hard drive and then click the erase button down below the name box. Hope this helps
I think the solution that meeknotweak gave is a little bit twisted. First and foremost you can not be able to format a 230gb hard drive as a FAT or even FAT32 simply because that FAT and FAT32 is only set to be used and can be used only if your drive is less than 40gb. If your drive is larger than 40gb then the only option is to format it using NTFS.
Second you can be able to format and set the volume format of the drive under the ERASE tab of the DiscUtility on Mac. Not in "RAID" tab.
This is the right way to do it......
If you plan to use the external HD into a PC or Mac, you should first plug it into a Mac Computer and format it using the Disc Utility. Choose the Erase Tab and select Volume Fomat. Make sure that you choose MS DOS. Only Mac OS can format a drive of any size to a FAT file system. If you have already formatted it you can now be able to use it vice versa.
One more thing if the HD is formatted as NTFS, Mac OS can read it but can't write on the drive. So that's why you need to make it as a FAT so that it would be readable and writable to both OS. Also make sure that the folders and files that you're transferring into the HD doesn't contain special characters. Mac OS can recognize those special characters on a file but windows can't.
Plug it into your mac, open "Disk Utility" select your Hard Drive in the list to the side, click "RAID" change the Volume Format to MS-DOS (FAT). Now unplug it, plug it into your PC, open "My Computer" right click your Hard Drive and click "Format" change to FAT(it might be FAT 32, or something else). Click "Format." This should work.
hope it helps!
Lesson No. 1 - Never buy hardware or software from a store at which sales staff think the best way to answer your Mac questions is to convince you to buy a PC.
Lesson No. 2 - Reformat the drive using the Mac Disk Utility included with your MacBook after consulting with a store at which the sales staff know there is more to the computer world than PCs.
If you only intend to use the drive on your Mac, choose the option Mac Extended Journaled when rewriting the drive. There is also an formatting option to use the drive on both PC's and Macs. But I'm not going there.
I picked up a couple of My Books lately( via Ebay), and noticed that i can not get them to work on the Firewire interface with my Dual Core Intel Mac. Shows up on USB2.0 fine however.I found an online reference that said Apple changed some things on the Firewire interface year or two ago, and that vendors had to update their firmware (it related to Firewire devices reporting a unique ID to the Mac).