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WD passport Not Recognized on Macbook

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RustyRuss Calculating status...
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Jan 26, 2008 8:29 AM
I just bought a 320 gig WD Passport and it is not being recognized on my Macbook. When I plug the devise into either of 2 USBs the HD lights up, so it is being powered, but it does not show up on my desktop. Does anyone know how I can fix this? Anyone have a similar problem?
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2.2ghz
  • WeeLB Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2008 9:02 AM (in response to RustyRuss)
    RustyRuss,

    I have the 80GB version and it works just fine. You say that the drive isn't recognized but have you checked for it in the Disk Utility application?

    If the drive is detected in Disk Utility, try checking the disk and make sure it is partitioned correctly. If not you will need to format the drive. Also, try plugging the drive into another computer to make sure your MacBook isn't the problem.

    If none of this works, I would suggest that you have a faulty HDD and need to contact the vendor or Western Digital.

    Good luck!
    MacBook 13", Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4 (3,550 points)
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    Jan 26, 2008 10:59 AM (in response to RustyRuss)
    My guess is that it's not getting enough power to the port. You probably need a "Y adapter" cable that pulls additional power off of an additional plug. Here are a few possibilities.

    http://www.bixnet.com/5vps2powercord.html
    http://www.bixnet.com/usbcawibuba.html
    http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Apricorn-AUSB-Y-USB-Power-Adapter-Y-Cable/2 632913/product.html
    http://www.amazon.com/USB-Power-Adapter-Y-Cable/dp/B000JIOHDE



    I've got a 160 GB WD Passport that works fine off of one USB port on my MacBook and iBook G4 1.42. I've also got a 160 GB SimpleTech Pininfarina Design drive with WD Scorpio/Initio chipset. The latter works off of one port on my MacBook but requires the second power port on my iBook. The SimpleTech drive came with a Y cable, but the WD Passport didn't.
    13" MacBook 2.2 4GB (200GB Travelstar 7K200), 14" iBook G4 1.42 1.5GB, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 12" iBook G3 600 (10.3.9)

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