Okay, so here's my situation. I bought a couple of 1TB My Book World Edition single-disk drives, with the intent of placing them in a RAID array for use as a media storage cluster. I'm not an expert on either hard drives or networking, so I assumed that if the double-disk version could do RAID, so could two single disk versions.
Normally, this would put me out quite a lot of money, since I'm one of those foolish persons who does not keep the original packaging. However, I already had a few other My Books in more rudimentary USB enclosures. So, my inventory looked like this to begin with:
1TB My Book World Edition (White Light) 1TB My Book World Edition (White Light) 1TB My Book Essential 500GB My Book Essential
All I had to do was swap the drives in the 500GB Essential and one of the World Eds, and I could use the Essential enclosures for my RAID array. Network connectivity was my preference, but USB will work, so no harm done. The swap was made successfully, and my computer is at work now chucking several 10s of 1000s of songs onto the array.
The thing is, of course, that the 500GB drive does not have the necessary software installed to work in a World Edition. I know it is possible to fix this, but I lack the technical expertise to do this, and I really do not like blindly following "type this in and trust me" instructions (which is why I'm posting here and not following the "Install Clean HDD" article in the main menu). I like to know what I'm doing.
So here's what I've got:
1 Early 2009 MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard 1 Parallels Virtual Machine, Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala 1 500GB Western Digital Caviar Green Disk, Blank 1 Single-Disk My Book Essential Enclosure 1 USB SATA Disk Dock, for convenience
I need to get the necessary software installed on the disk so it will work with the enclosure. I'm not looking for blind instructions. When I'm done with this, I'd like to understand what I did. It would be impractical for me to try to convey to you guys what I do and don't know, so I'll just ask questions about your instructions, instead of asking you the explain them piece of by piece off the bat. Thanks for being patient.
By necessary software, I mean I would prefer the software WD ships the drive with, but if it's not possible to get that, and there's an alternative, that's fine. Just so long as, in the end, I can store files on it and get to them within OS X.