mac mini and wd my book usb drive problem

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Xilbus, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Xilbus macrumors newbie

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    Good Afternoon everyone,



    My dad purchased a WD mybook for mac 111A 1tera drive. He wanted me to transfer some movies over. all are mkv and avi. I have so my pc is not able to view the drive.

    I pluged the drive to my WD LIVE TV media player and the WD LIVE saw the drive and its content so i transfered all the movies via the WD LIVE.



    The WD live sees all the movies and is able to play them. So I bring the drive over to my dads. He plugs the drive on his mac mini , unable to see the files, only the folders.



    Bring the drive back at my place. I see the movies and is able to play them

    also from my pc i cant go on the network, connect to the wd live media player and see the mybook drive and i can see all the movies there.

    Why cant the mac see the folders but not the movies?. If i click on more info on the drive , the mac sees that its 700Gigs full.



    Thank you for your help
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  2. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

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    Hi Xilbus,
    you have to install "Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X" or something similar on the Mac in order to read & write to 'NTFS' file system (meaning win based HDs).
    That's how they came even claiming they're for Mac OS...
    As you can see I have the 'WD My Book' and 'WD Elements' - both 2Tb and some of my movies there:
     

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  3. Xilbus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you Stan,

    Is this the same as NTFS-3G driver? because this is a Mac based usb drive (mybook for mac)
    i installed NTFS-3G driver on the mac mini and it still did not see the movies or did not event see the drive because its not a ntfs drive. My dad put some music before giving me his mac mybook drive and those he has no problem viewing from his mac.

    I think the ntfs driver is for drives that are not mac ready like the element?

    his usb mybook is mac formated but i transfered files from my wd element via the wd live tv media player

    Thanks
     
  4. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

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    Hi again,
    yes, I got the 'My Book' for Mac too, but it was formated as NTFS (as you can see at the bottom of the screen shot.
    I found that after I already coppied items there for 20 hrs so I did live it as it was.
    Yes that's the same as what I suggested (maybe a little better since it's not a free app.)
    On the Paragon app. you can enable & disable the extension & you have to restart for that.
    If this doesn't work then the last think to do is re-format the MyBook to MacOS format & you'd have to re-copy all the movies again...
     

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