WD My Book

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smogsy, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    im thinking of purchasing the below product:
    Western Digital MyBook Studio 750GB USB2.0/eSATA/Firewire 400/Firewire 800 External Hard Drive

    WD state
    Formatted for Macintosh - Set up with HFS+ Journaled formatting for complete Macintosh compatibility. Software included requires Mac® OS X 10.4.8 or later. Can easily be reformatted for Windows 2000/XP/Vista.

    What Format Type is Needed For Windows/Mac Ability?
  2. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
  3. roadstarsoul macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
  4. Macsleuth macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Hmmm, maybe not

    I've got the 500GB and the firewire ports are messed.
    I have to RMA it.
    I found alot of people complaining about WD.
    I had to call WD for support, they were very nice, very helpful.
    Just my 2cents.
  5. roadstarsoul macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    What was your 500GB formatted to? Please explain more of the problem so we can be aware. Was is just the firewire? or the USB also?
  6. adpeace macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2008

    You would only format it as FAT32 if you had to, i.e. if you required compatibility with a Windows system. Otherwise HFS+ is a far better option. Note that if you format as HFS+ you won't find it easy to access the data stored on it from a PC.
  7. Macsleuth macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008

    It was fat32, it was only the second firewire port that didn't work.
    Found it out when I tried plugging into it.
    I'm still using the top port, and the USB works, but the second FW port is dead.
    SO I can't daisy chain it.
    Which is what I was going to do with my FW Ipod.
    Not a big deal, but I'll get it replaced anyways.
  8. obibobi macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Why not use MacDrive 7 ?

    Have HFS+ on the MyBook and MacDrive installed in Windows.

    Just remember to use XP 32-bit, I tried Vista 64, but there are no drivers for the MyBook.
    When I contacted WD support they told me they never will provide drivers for 64-bit
    -"It's not our problem, talk to Microsoft"

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