MyBook Premium = Not Mac Friendly?!?!?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by OldSkoolNJ, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Ok so I recently bought a 1tb MyBook Premium and a 500gb MyBook Premium to hook up to my 24in iMac. I wanted to go firewire 800 the whole thing. Now normally I do my research before buying but never heard any complaints about these drives and have had some before. However I only hooked up through firewire 400. So I try to plug these in and nothing. Now I swithed em around and tried different cabls but nothing. Ok ... bad firewire 800 port. Off to AppleCare. Nope nothing wrong with it. I try to use 400 or USB and everything is dandy. So I look around on the net about WD MyBooks and using firewire 800 on a mac. Apparently you can not have two WD MyBooks hooked up using firewire 800 on a mac at the same time. It is a known problem by WD and many many places on the web. All they say is either use USB, 400 or return it. So me not knowing a lot about how this works I want to know what is causing the problem. SO can someone explain it to me or know of a fix? I know there are others I can exchange them for but the prices arent bad on these and they just look so nice next to my imac. :D

    SO if anyone can add here I would appreciate it.

    Kevin :apple:
  2. brucewayne macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2005
    I have 2 WD MyBook 1TB premiums connected via firewire 800 to my iMac 24" 2.8ghz and have no issues at all.

    I did do a firmware update (on the WD site) when I bought them in May.

    The only issue I have is that they go to sleep almost immediately making them slow to respond sometimes.
  3. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    If I were you, I would buy the Mercury Elite Aluminum external drives from OWC at I have dual 500gb FW800 drives daisy chained to mine and they work great.

    I don't think I'll ever buy an external that isn't an OWC. Look great, run great.
  4. mbalson macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario
    I have the same issue with my new iMac not seeing my MyBook Premium over Firewire. However I am in the process of backing everything up in preparation of a WD firmware update that I just downloaded. I suspect this will correct the issue.
  5. mbalson macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario
    Ok so I've loaded the most recent Western Digital firmware and still nothing.
  6. Bobby Garcia macrumors newbie

    Bobby Garcia

    May 6, 2006
    ... I am having the same problem. Except the MyBook Premium 320 GB will not turn on, through a FW 400 port??? This is the first time I hooked anything up to it. I noticed you said you cannot have 2 WD HD's connected simutaneously... Well, yesterday before I bought the premium, I bought the "Essential" edition which has no FW connection, only USB. I hooked it up, it worked fine...I transfered audio files...just to find out Digidesign (Pro Tools) does not support external USB off to return, and upgrade to the FW version.

    Do you think that may be why it will not turn on? Becuase I previously had the essential edition installed?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
  7. julianps macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2006
    Wales, UK
    Lovely MyBooks

    Have 5 of them; love 'em.

    Only thing is 1) you must follow the onsite instruction carefully to reformat them for Mac (why, oh why are these instructions not in the box?); and, 2) you must download the Button Manager from their website to get full power control (ie unmount = off) functionality.

    Every now and again I have one hang or refuse to play and simply pulling the power and reconnecting it seems to reboot the system inside :rolleyes:
  8. Shreedhan macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2007
    OMG this exactly what i have. I got a base 24-inch aluminum imac. the firewire 400 port doesn't work. In system profiler only the FW800 shows, nothing about FW400.

    I have a MyBook Premium 500GB and it connects via USB but NOT via FW400. It's so annoying. I've tried resetting PRAM, SMC but still nothing, does anything work?
  9. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Well there goes my plans for switching to MyBooks... :rolleyes:
  10. oduinnin macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2007
    Planet Earth
    It ain't My Book!

    From reviews I've read on the web, I wouldn't bother trying to connect a WD Mybook to a Mac. Period.

    Go get an OWC drive or LaCie or Seagate. They are all price competitive. OWC and LaCie come preformatted for Mac. :)
  11. kellygeorge macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    boycott WD

    i have a powerbook and an imac. i bought a 500 gig mybook to back up to and after a week the computers stopped recognizing it. i returned it, and got a 250 gig mybook, this time with firewire. after 5 months the hard drive has stopped spinning. whatever you do, dont get a mybook.
  12. Flobber88 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2007
    When I bought my 500gb My Book Pro, I plugged in the FW 400 cable in for the first time, and it seemed to mess everything up. I read the instructions and it said that for the FW drivers to be properly installed, you should first plug the USB cable into your computer and then you may use the FW after it does its thing. I reformatted the HD back to its original state (downloaded something off the WD site) and followed the instructions and everything is working smooth now.
  13. oduinnin macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2007
    Planet Earth

    Too many special instructions for Mac users to follow! ;)
  14. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I have a 500GB MyBook that worked fine for over a year, but the HD died last week (luckily I duplicate all my data to another drive every few days so I didn't lose much.) But, I think I must be psychic. I hadn't duplicated the drive for a few days, but just before it died, and just after I downloaded the 300 photos we took during vacation last month and deleted them from the camera, I copied them to a laptop. Otherwise I would have lost them. I've never done that before.

    Anyway, after a bit of foostering around I got the drive enclosure open (easier than an iMac but harder than any other enclosure I've used) thinking I would just replace the drive. I tested the drive in another enclosure to confirm that it was in fact the drive and not the enclosure, then went to put a new drive in. But although the drive is SATA, the enclosure doesn't have SATA power. The drive needs to have a legacy power connection and as far as I know, those aren't common (I may be wrong - but I haven't noticed them on any other SATA drive). Instead I got a cheap $30 enclosure from CompUSA until the one I ordered from OWC arrives.

    So although I would say the MyBook is fine and works well with the Mac (any drive can fail at any time - but the odd thing is, I've had three drive failures in the last year, but NONE in 20 years of using computers before that), do try something else.
  15. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    I remember reading that WD MyBooks don't have unique firewire IDs or something of that sort that prevents daisy chaining. I don't whether that becomes an issue if you hook two of them to two separate Firewire ports on your Mac.
  16. Eric Piercey macrumors 6502

    Eric Piercey

    Nov 29, 2006
    Perpetual Bondage
    I've got 2 1TB MyBookPro II's and they suck. Period. You're WAY better off buying yourself your own enclosures and to heck with both RAID 0 and 1 altogether. RAID 0= twice the chance for failure for moderate gains in performance. RAID1 = half the storage capacity for the same ore more money. Just get two regular drives and backup one with the other, which you keep disconnected when not actively backing up. Far more reliable, imo.

    I've posted enough about why WD is a horrible company and I'm not in the mood to do it again. Suffice it to say the assembly sucks, the support is abysmal, the firmware upgrade can abort itself while flashing. The fans are mounted upside down in the enclosures.. they're just junk. Period. I'll never buy another WD product again.
  17. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    My wife is using the MyBook Premium 250 GB through FW 400 and had the same problem. It was working fine for three months and then one day it went to sleep and we couldn't get it to wake up. Finally after disconnecting it, removing the power cable, turning off her Power Mac, plugging the MyBook back into the FW 400 port, connecting the power and turning her Power Mac back on it started working again. Perhaps this routine might work for you. That was a few weeks ago and it is still working now.

    I'm thinking there is something flaky with the sleep function on the MyBook and it just doesn't wake up properly sometimes. Next time I'll probably buy her an OWC Mercury Elite Aluminum. It costs a little more, but everyone who has them swears by them.
  18. smurfy macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Wow, that will surely help a guy who's already bought a drive, huh.
  19. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2007
    In the Sub-Basement of Solitude
    I have a MyBook Essenial Edition 160gig drive, and it seemed to work fine (though it has no firewire ports :(), though its NTFS formatted. The other issues is with ntfs3g not working with it, but that is a different story...

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