Firewire Drives and Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Mr. DG, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. Mr. DG macrumors regular

    Mr. DG

    Jan 16, 2006
    Hi, I'm running Windows XP under boot camp, and so far so good. I have a 40 GB external USB drive formatted in HFS+ which i can read in both OSX and Windows (using MacDrive).

    I also have a 320GB WD MyBook Premium which I connect via Firewire and formatted in HFS+. This works fine in OSX, but Windows doesn't recognise it at all. I've installed the firewire drivers from the WD website but to no avail. Any suggestions? I don't want to connect it via USB because I specifically paid extra for the FW version so that i could work with audio in Windows.
  2. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    Windows doesn't natively handle HFS. Format as FAT32 if you want Read/Write in both OSes.
  3. Mr. DG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mr. DG

    Jan 16, 2006
    Its not the formatting thats the problem though - I'm using Macdrive which reads my 40GB HFS-formatted USB Drive.
  4. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
  5. Mr. DG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mr. DG

    Jan 16, 2006
    hmmm, i'm already using macdrive... perhaps it doesnt read FW drives, just USB... I'll have to double-check the user guide.
  6. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Wow. Worst comments ever. Read the OP you guys... :mad:

    Windows not reading the Firewire drive doesn't make any sense. You shouldn't need a Firewire driver or anything. Does the USB port on the WD work (even though you don't want to use it)?

    Does the drive show up in the device manager?
  7. Mr. DG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mr. DG

    Jan 16, 2006
    I'll check device manager when I get home, was busy all last night so didnt have a chance to have a look.
  8. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Possible Solution

    Firewire is supported (at least according to their website for version 6). On their support site, they mention this:

    STEP 1

    A common cause is failed connectivity on your Windows system (with FireWire or USB).

    Please confirm that the drive is visible in the "Disk Management" console in Windows XP/2000/2003 Server. To access Disk Management:

    Right-click on My Computer
    Click Manage
    Select Disk Management
    Use the console on the right portion of the Window to check for the presence of the drive

    If your drive is present in "Disk Management" make note of the drive number and proceed to Step 3.

    If the drive is not present, please contact the drive vendor for assistance getting your drive recognized as a hardware device on your system. Mediafour Technical Support is not able to troubleshoot hardware, driver, or connectivity problems.

    STEP 2
    Another possible cause is file system corruption. To repair such corruption, please try the following solutions:

    - Take the drive to a Macintosh; the only HFS/HFS+ file system repair utilities are written for the Mac OS.

    - First, try using the built-in tools of the operating system to repair the disk (Disk First Aid in Mac OS 9, Disk Utility in Mac OS X).

    - Second, if the corruption is not repairable by the aforementioned utilities consider "Disk Warrior" or "Norton Disk Doctor". Both are quality, 3rd-party disk repair utilities that may be able to recover the damage file system and the data within.

    STEP 3

    Please create a technical support ticket with a detailed problem description and information on your computer's configuration.

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