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WD TV + Mac OS Extended hard drive - help!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dannster, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular


    Hi guys!

    I became so frustrated with Apple TV's lack of compatibility that I bought the Western Digital TV! I have a 1TB external hard drive with 300GB of video on and the drive is formatted as Mac OS Extended.

    I plugged the external hard drive into the WD TV and it wouldn't load! Does the drive have to be MS-DOS (FAT)? Can I partition the drive into half Mac OS Extended and the other half MS-DOS (FAT) without losing any of the data on the drive already??

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!!
  2. TEG
    macrumors 604


    I do believe the drive has to be in FAT32 or NTFS to work. Unfortunately, I'm unaware of any utility, other than the BootCamp utility that will allow you to repartition with out you loosing your data. I would back everything up, and try it, if it doesn't work, they you'll have to do FAT32 on your own and loose everything. You should not use NTFS because it is not directly compatible with OS X, but remember that there is a 2GB file size limit on FAT32 disks.

  3. macrumors 6502a

    The WDTV definitely does support Mac OS Extended (HFS+) drives. Journaled HFS+ formatting is also OK, but the WDTV does not provide the "Media Library" features with a journaled drive. No big loss unless you intend to hack your WDTV to support networking as the WDLXTV software seems to require the Media Library features to be turned on to get the extended features.

    Keep in mind that if there is a lot of stuff on the drive, it can take the WDTV a while to scan all the media before it "mounts" the drive.
  4. macrumors regular


    Ahhh ok, well it was formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), but I disabled journaled so it's just Mac OS Extended now. When I plugged in the drive the USB light on the WD TV was flashing, maybe that indicated it was scanning the drive before it mounted and I'm just being impatient? lol
  5. macrumors newbie

    HDD Journaled issues

    Hi Guys,

    I feel like I'm bumping my head against a brick wall - maybe someone can help - I too have the WD TV and a Mac OS Extended (Journaled) HDD, but I can't seem to disable the "journaled" part. Have tried everything in the disk utility (including using the option key when clicking on file) to get the disable option to appear, but with no luck. Anyone have any advice?

    Going crazy here!...
  6. macrumors 6502a

    The only way I know of is to reformat the drive with Disk Utility [Erase] and select "Mac OS Extended" instead of "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the Volume Format. Of course, that will require copying your media to another drive, then copying it back.

    I didn't think it was possible to simply switch off journaling, but I'd love to know if I'm wrong.
  7. macrumors member

    Just incase there are any other people who are reading this with the same issue, this is common and is not a fault. When there is a significant change in the drive, the WD doesn't mount it until it has rescanned your hard drive and put the information into its internal database... Having a 2tb hard drive, I've sometimes had to wait a very long time!
  8. macrumors regular

    I have a WD Passport drive formatted in HFS+ (no journaling) and it works fine with WDTV. It could be my imagination, but I think it is faster to load than another WD Passport I have formatted in FAT32. I turned the media library off on the WDTV because that was taking significant time and had some little problems. All my media is pretty well organized in files so it makes it easy to navigate that way.
  9. macrumors newbie

    My Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Passport is fully compatible with WDTV.
    Every video or music file is playable like my NTFS Passport. :)
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Yes, journaled drives definitely work. However, the "Media Library" feature of the WDTV can't be enabled with this drive format (unless this has been changed with a recent firmware update).

    As I said previously, losing the Media Library feature is no big loss unless you intend to hack your WDTV with the WDLXTV firmware. However, now that networking is available in the WDTV Live player, I would recommend forgetting that hack and just getting a new box.
  11. macrumors member

    Really? journaled drives work with WDTV? How?

    I have the latest firmware and WDTV Live. I have 4 hard drives, 3 of which are 'journaled', all connected to my airport router. The same error message comes up as the rest of you mention. Then you guys go on to say journaled drives DO work. How is that? I would love to know because I am ready to sell my WDTV to the highest bidder. I cant find any of my files anywhere on the WDTV. Can someone with knowledge post the directions to access their media library? Those four hard drives total 4.5 TB. THANKS

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