I have a WD MyBook Elite 2.0 TB External Hard Drive. I was previously using Windows Vista but have since switched over to Ubuntu 9.04 which does not support NTFS format for external hard drives. I tried using Wine, but even that doesn't work.
I decided to take all of my stuff (about 500 Gb) and transfer it to my Dad's desktop, format it as Fat32 and then put everything back on the hard drive. It took about 28 hours to format the drive and about 3 hours each way to do the transferring.
Somehow, it didn't work. I just plugged it into my computer and nothing has changed. The same stupid "WD SmartWare" comes up and I can't open anything or look at any of the files.
Where did I go wrong? Anyone formatted a drive for Ubuntu before? Any suggestions as to what might have happened?
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
SECURITY SOFTWARE McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
OFFICE SOFTWARE Microsoft Works 9.0, English
MEMORY 12GB Tri-Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 6 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
MONITOR G2410H 24-inch G Series Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with Height Adjustable Stand
GRAPHICS CARD ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
OPTICAL DRIVE 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
KEYBOARD Dell Studio Consumer Multimedia Keyboard
MOUSE Dell Optical USB Mouse
NETWORK CARD Dell 1525 Wireless-N PCIe Card
HARDWARE SERVICES 1 Year Basic Service Plan edit
ONLINE DATA STORAGE Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year edit
So wait.. you bought a new computer for $1700+tax because your external drive didn't work?
My laptop doesn't like Windows anymore for some reason. It kept randomly turning off and other weird things. I started from scratch twice and it didn't fix it so I switched to Ubuntu. I need access to the files on the hard drive so I need a computer that will read them. So I bought one.