I recently purchased a WD external 1TB hard drive from target. The sales associate assured me several times that the device would work on MAC and PC out of the box (Target’s fault not WD). I took the device home and downloaded some footage from my PC expecting to be able to pull it up on my MAC laptop, which did work, but when I tried to put new footage from the MAC on the hard drive, I got the message that the hd ws “Read Only”. So I decided to visit the Western Digital website and see what was up. I found the tutorial for reformating the hard drive for use with both MACs and PCs, but I am ot very tech savvy, and I’m concerned about the risks. If the situation were reversed, and my PC could only read the files and copy them, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but I need to be able to store things from my MAC laptop to the hard drive. If anyone has any advice I’d greatly appreciate it.
Is your WD Elements formatted with a Microsoft NTFS file system? AIUI, Mac OSX is able to read, but not write to, NTFS volumes, at least not out of the box.
Here is a commercial product (Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 8.0):
However, you may like to read this thread:
Guide: Enable native NTFS Read/Write in Snow Leopard: