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WD MyBook World Edition, Take 2
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With WD’s Application Installer, located on the included software installation CD, mapping the drive was truly easy. After accepting WD’s licensing agreement on my Windows XP notebook, I plugged in the drive to a power outlet, and connected an Ethernet cable between the drive and my wireless router.

Clicking through the installer brought me to the WD “Discovery tool,” which immediately listed “MyBook World” as a found network drive. On the right-hand list of options, I clicked “Map Network Drive,” and the software mapped the two share volumes of the World Edition (Download: Z, and Public: Y) to my machine. When I went to check out the network drive section in “My Computer,” there the two drives were. From there, I could easily manually save files to the network by dragging and dropping.

I attempted to repeat this process on every machine on my home network. I experienced no hiccups with Windows machines (XP or Vista, the process was the same). Based on the limited Quick Install Guide packaged with the World Edition, I knew that the process on a Mac should be even simpler: The drive could be mapped without the aid of the software installation disc.

My home Mac is a MacBook running OSX Tiger, not Leopard. WD included directions for this OS, and worked, to a point. In the Finder, WD said MyBook World would be represented by an icon in the Network folder. It wasn’t. Rather, it was hiding inside another folder inside the Network folder, which took me a little while to figure out. Then, after clicking the icon, I was prompted to enter a name and password and click “connect”—WD’s manual said the name and password are always “Admin.” This worked just fine. Then, WD said I would see a list of volumes from MyBook World to mount on my computer—and that there would only be one listed called Share. Well, that wasn’t the case on my machine: I saw Public and Downloads. So, I selected both of them and crossed my fingers. After a little while, those two shared volumes appeared on my desktop, along with a mount called Configuration, in the Finder. I could then drag and drop files this way.

Leopard installation is the easiest. Mybookworld appears automatically in the Finder under “Shared.” Clicking on MyBook World presents Configuration, Download, and Public listings. Why so simple? WD is using Apple’s own Bonjour interface.

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