My WD hard drive doesn't show on my mac

December 17, 2013 at 02:50:25
Specs: Windows 7
After plugging my 3tb wd external hard drive on my windows it doesn't show on my mac anymore, it also didn't show on my pc but I think the hard drive is for a mac but I accidently plugged it onto my windows...help!

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#1
December 17, 2013 at 04:54:48
you need to explain yourself more with more detail

Davidw


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#2
December 17, 2013 at 05:27:37
My hard drive was working fine on my mac book air and then a few days ago I plugged it into my windows forgetting it was a mac external hard drive but it didnt work so I tried it back on my mac but it doesnt open it anymore. I cant even see the drive on my finder anymore.

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#3
December 17, 2013 at 07:10:09
A item/setting to check - a very long shot at that...

Go to Finder > Preferences> General> Show these items on the desktop. Make sure "External disks" is checked. Also go to Finder> Preferences> Sidebar> Show these items in the sidebar. Again, check "External disks".

It came from here - where they were discussing a more complex set of issues/events but the above may be worth to check.

https://discussions.apple.com/messa...

Incidentally, when the drive was connected to the windows system, did you do (or try to do) "anything" to the drive - at all? If so - then what?

Also does the drive show up in Disk Utility?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthr...

The above post discusses a similar situation to yours... and offers possible solutions too - Disk Utility check etc being part of them.

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#4
December 17, 2013 at 09:23:32
the MacOS and Windows are 2 different operating systems with 2 different file systems, ergo any external media that is formatted for a Mac won't work in Windows.

It is possible, but difficult to implement:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2504...

And that's assuming you'll make it past the limitations of FAT32 in the first place:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/184006

You have to remember that Macs and PCs will never have universal support for each other, because people might buy 1 only to discover they don't like it and will want to switch to the other (and yes there are people who have disliked 1 or the other and switched over to the opposite for both Macs and PCs). If they try to work well together, it makes it too easy to switch from 1 platform to the other - something that is not in Microsoft's or Apple's business interests. Apple really likes to be different and proprietary, even if what they come out with is not practical, to differentiate themselves with PCs. With certain exceptions (like iTunes) Mac rarely ever wants their stuff to work well with PCs.

My advice to you is get 2 external hard drives, 1 for your Mac and 1 for your PC. You can try fiddling with it if you want, but it's probably quicker to just have 2 different drives for the 2 different platforms.

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#5
December 23, 2013 at 00:55:45
No I can't find it in the disk utility. When I had plugged it into the windows it just said something about inserting a disk to make it work and then I realised the hard drive was the one I use for my Mac so I just plugged it out and into the Mac but it doesn't recognise it anymore

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