I have an older WD My Book Studion. It has been running (and still does) on an older Mac Mini which cannot be upgraded past Snow Leopard (i.e. it cannot run Lion or Mountain Lion.)
I have just acquired a new Mac Mini which is running Mountain Lion. When I plug the WD My Book into the new Mac Mini, the Finder recognizes it with no problem. However, I have yet to find any WD software which will install on Mountain Lion.
The installers on the Virtual CD all go into infinite loops, and permanently running “barber poles” – and never come up with a time to completion estimate.
I copy the WD Smartwar.app to my desktop. It launches. I click on “Setup Drive”; select my computer; answer the authentication — then nothing happens. At that point,
Looking at the Console app, I find: "Cannot make directory /Library/Applicaiton Support/WDSmartware/
So, clearly, even though the program asks for authentication, it does NOT utilize that authentication.
So I use Terminal.app and create the “WDSmartware” directory making it rwx for everyone – the install completes –
then BOOM … Kermel Protection failure. …
There is clearly no issue with the drive or cableing – I can switch it back to the old Mac Mini and everything works as it always has.