05-28-2012 06:24 PM
I just bought a 2TB "My Book" Essential external hard drive, and I'm having trouble getting the WD SmartWare to work on my MacBook (Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard). Here's what I did:
The best I can figure is that the software didn't fully load, but I really have no idea why it doesn't work.
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05-29-2012 08:47 AM
There's no need to format on FAT32
FAT32 has it limitations, not saying Smartware will not work but last time I checked I did not work for me
Format the drive HFS+J ( Mac OX Extended Jornaled )
The software should work after that
You can also use Time Machine
05-31-2012 08:21 PM
Thanks, but can you explain why I would want to format HFS+J instead of FAT32?
As much as I like Apple products, I don't like the thought of getting locked into everything Apple.
I would like to be able to plug in my external hard drive to a Mac or PC and be able to view the pictures and videos stored on it.
Also, I have a few hundred home videos and several thousand pictures on a FAT32 external hard drive - can I move them to my new external hard drive if it's formatted HFS+J? It's probably a dumb question, but I don't really understand file storage systems much at all.
06-01-2012 09:27 AM
You can move files around since the old FAT32 is recognized on the Mac
The file system you are using is fine, there's just some limitations that will make it obsolete
09-17-2012 12:57 PM
Iam using window 7 32 bit and can see my 2 td esssential. thru windows but cannot get the backup to work
I have moved data to the disk without any issues. Iam using usb port verson 2 and tried usb 3.
I upgrade the software 1.6.2 but still cannot do a backup. I have rebooted uninstalled the software.
What else can I try.
Thanks in advance