9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2012 2:36 PM by christopher rigby1
christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4

I recently bought a WD "My Passport" drive - 500GB USB2/3 including WD's own Smartware software. I had to replace it. This is what happened.

 

  1. I reformatted the VOLUME not the drive, in Disk Utility, from MS DOS FAT32 to Mac OS X Extended (Journalled)
  2. I created 3 partitions
  3. I used two partitions to copy the contents of the 2 partitions of my ancient Wiebetech FW drive
  4. I named the third partition Time Machine
  5. I spent a whole day creating an encrypted disk image the size of my PB G4's HD in the TM partition

 

Though very slow, it seemed to do everything. The next day it took forever to recognise the partitions, and the drive kept making a metallic tapping sound. Of the first two partitions, it would show either or both, but trying to switch between them in a Finder window caused Finder to freeze and the computer needed a hard reboot. It didn't show the TM partition, except in Disk Utility.

 

In the end, I phoned Amazon to say the drive was defective and they sent an identical replacement. This time I :

 

  1. Deleted the WD software first
  2. Reformatted the drive to Mac OS X Extended (Journalled)
  3. Copied my Wiebetech HD to FOLDERS not partitions
  4. Set up Time Machine to use the remaining space (plenty of room left)

 

So far, it seems to have behaved itself. HOWEVER, when I go into Disk Utility, the top level still shows the drive to be MS DOS FAT32. Yet the VOLUME (which is the same size as the whole drive) is Mac OS X Extended (Journalled). Does this mean the replacement drive is also faulty?


PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), G4, 1.67GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD
Solved by BDAqua on Mar 25, 2012 1:28 PM Solved
The WD My Books have had far less than glowing reviews for Macs... http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1543028 http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2191614&tstart=0 http://x704.net/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3219&p=42023&hilit=western+digital#p420 23 http://x704.net/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2939&p=34120&hilit=western+digital#p3412 0 The following external hard drives are bootable on Intel-based Macintosh computers systems through USB:• My Book Essential Edition• My Book Essential Edition 2.0• My Book Home Edition• My Book Mirror Edition• My Book Office Edition• My Book Premium Edition• My Book Premium Edition II• My Book Premium ES Edition• My Book Pro Edition• My Book Pro Edition II• My Book Studio Edition• My Book Studio Edition II• My Passport Studio The following external hard drives are bootable on Intel-based Macintosh computers systems through FireWire (1394a/b):• My Book Home Edition• My Book Mirror Edition• My Book Office Edition• My Book Premium Edition• My Book Premium Edition II• My Book Pro Edition• My Book Pro Edition II• My Book Studio Edition• My Book Studio Edition II• My Passport Studio The following external hard drives are bootable on Power PC based Macintosh computers systems through FireWire (1394a/b):• WD My Book Premium Edition• WD My Book Pro Edition The following external hard drives are not bootable on Power PC based Macintosh computers systems through USB/FireWire 1394(a/b):• My Book Essential Edition• My Book Essential Edition 2.0• My Book Home Edition• My Book Mirror Edition• My Book Office Edition• My Book Premium Edition II• My Book Pro Edition II• My Book Studio Edition• My Book Studio Edition II• My Passport Studio• My Passport Elite• My Passport Essential• WD Passport• WD Passport (Silver) My recommendation for an external drive... http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB
  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X
    1. b.Select the Erase tab, then confirm.  This will erase the entire disk.  (If you want, you can select Security Options, then Zero-Out Data to physically erase the entire disk by writing over everything.  This will take quite a while, and usually isn’t necessary, especially on a new disk.) 

     

      This may not work if the drive is already set up with a non-Apple Partition Map Scheme, such as is used on Windows.  If that happens, just continue with item c.

    See the full instructions here.

     

    http://pondini.org/OSX/DU1.html

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Normally, you should be seeing the Partition Map Scheme (APM or GUID) for the top level of the device and the formatting (Mac OS Extended Journaled in this case) for the indented volume(s).

  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4

    I don't want to erase all my data. It would take hours to copy all that information again, and then re-do an initial TM copy. All I want to know is, is the drive ok? Trying to format the top level as Mac OS X originally seemed to work, but in fact DU reformatted the volume, leaving the top level as MS DOS FAT32. It seems to be an issue with this particular drive. But it appears to be working ok. I just wanted confirmation.

     

    By the way - the report on Partition Map for the top level says "Master Boot Record".

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    My guess is you didn't erase the drive first before partitioning and formatting.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Since you are using this drive for TM, you might want to have a look at these two other pondini articles

     

    http://pondini.org/TM/5.html

     

    http://pondini.org/TM/6.html

  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4

    Erase and reformat are part of the same operation in DU. You have to do them both together.

  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4

    Actually, I've now realised this drive is no way compatible with a PPC Powerbook. The replacement was working fine, until I ejected it and reattached it, to make sure everything was in order.

     

    When it reattached, it tried to do a TM backup straightaway, but it ejected itself while still "Preparing backup...". After a few minutes of this nonsense, while I turned TM Preferences to OFF, I tried a Repair Disk in DU. After 3 attempts, it failed through an incompatible file system.

     

    I now have the headache of trying to erase and return the two disks to Amazon while finding a compatible drive for my PB.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    The WD My Books have had far less than glowing reviews for Macs...

     

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1543028

     

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2191614&tstart=0

     

    http://x704.net/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3219&p=42023&hilit=western+digital#p420 23

     

    http://x704.net/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2939&p=34120&hilit=western+digital#p3412 0

     

    The following external hard drives are bootable on Intel-based Macintosh computers systems through USB:

    • My Book Essential Edition

    • My Book Essential Edition 2.0

    • My Book Home Edition

    • My Book Mirror Edition

    • My Book Office Edition

    • My Book Premium Edition

    • My Book Premium Edition II

    • My Book Premium ES Edition

    • My Book Pro Edition

    • My Book Pro Edition II

    • My Book Studio Edition

    • My Book Studio Edition II

    • My Passport Studio

     

    The following external hard drives are bootable on Intel-based Macintosh computers systems through FireWire (1394a/b):

    • My Book Home Edition

    • My Book Mirror Edition

    • My Book Office Edition

    • My Book Premium Edition

    • My Book Premium Edition II

    • My Book Pro Edition

    • My Book Pro Edition II

    • My Book Studio Edition

    • My Book Studio Edition II

    • My Passport Studio

     

    The following external hard drives are bootable on Power PC based Macintosh computers systems through FireWire (1394a/b):

    • WD My Book Premium Edition

    • WD My Book Pro Edition

     

    The following external hard drives are not bootable on Power PC based Macintosh computers systems through USB/FireWire 1394(a/b):

    • My Book Essential Edition

    • My Book Essential Edition 2.0

    • My Book Home Edition

    • My Book Mirror Edition

    • My Book Office Edition

    • My Book Premium Edition II

    • My Book Pro Edition II

    • My Book Studio Edition

    • My Book Studio Edition II

    • My Passport Studio

    • My Passport Elite

    • My Passport Essential

    • WD Passport

    • WD Passport (Silver)

     

    My recommendation for an external drive...

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB

  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4

    I recognised so many issues from the first thread you linked to BD - especially what WD drives do to the Finder.

     

    You know what's the stupidest part of all this? The My Passport Essential was recommended by MacWorld magazine! But then, that magazine's support for PPC Macs has become more and more pathetic with each passing month.

     

    I really want a drive that fits into a jacket pocket (My Passport is SMALL), but that works fine on a PPC Mac. Until then, I'll continue to use the Wiebetech HD I bought in 2002, and my new 32GB flash drive.

     

    P.S. - the My Passport DOES connect to the PB, but the problems arise if you eject it, then reconnect.