Thank you for your help. You’re a good teacher. Well I found my way into disk management and this is what I found and what I seem to be faced with.
Both the My Book and the WD Smartware are listed there.
Both are listed as “online”
The My Book does not have a volume name for it which I would expect since I never came to a place when I was installing the firmware that allowed for naming it that I can remember. That volume shows nothing under the “file system” column.
The WD Smartware list the file system as UDF.
I can find the WD Smartware listed in “Computer” under removable storage, though of course it is full and unusable in that way.
My book is not listed either in HD’s or removable drives.
But here is the interesting thing to me. If I launch WD Smartware the My Book is listed in the home page along with my internal “B” or “C” drive whichever I choose from the drop down button, but the My Book drive has the message “No writable WD Smartware partition found”. Within the icon of that drive.
If I click on the “Settings” tab and open that window which is the only other tab that is active I can click the “Set up software” button it looks as though I may to set up some parameters for back up using the smart drive software, but as I mentioned before I have no interest in using the WD backup software.
So here is what I did. I don’t know if this will overcome my issues with this drive of if I have completely mucked things up for good. I will check it out tomorrow, but I have other things to do for the moment.
In Disk management I setup and formatted the My Book drive in NTFS and it now shows up in "Computer and WD Smartware as a usable drive. I will let you know how I make out in a couple days.
Till then, thanks for the help,