I had the same problem with permissions, and when I went to use disk utility, repair was greyed out.
I’m using a WD as a time machine back up for my intel mac. I am not running PC on it, just OS 10.5.8
Here’s what I did and it worked for me. I’m not a pro, but this seems to be working.
Yesterday I ran a repair permissions on my internal HD. It stopped at the the Western Dig HD. Repair for that drive was “greyed out” not an option. I have a second hard drive so today I backed up all my important stuff on it. Then in disk utility I “Erased” the WD hard drive. I used no security levels on the erase. As I hoped, this also reset the WD hard drive. The erase only took a minute. Then I clicked on the drive and on “Get Info”. (Right click on WD icon). In the Get Info window, you can select permissions again. I also had the option of “ignore permissions” which I checked. I then renamed the WD drive, clicked onto Time Machine and it appears to be working. It’s backing up now.
I’ve got to say, this hassle was very discouraging. Apple stores were pushing this brand, and one would hope it was a good piece of equipment. I’ve had mine for only a little over a year. Of course the warranty is expired. Unless WD pro-actively resolves these sorts of issues, and provides customers with fixes, I won’t be buying another one.