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Have a look through the manual for the drive and get a feel for it's capabilities. No need to reformat. This is a network drive it will already be formatted as ext2/3/4 or XFS. That's fine.
It's the WD software for your Mac I'd suggest you avoid. Not the built in functions of the device itself.

To stream data from it (to your mobile devices and games consoles etc) you'll need to enable the DLNA server from within the config menus on the drive. These will also determine which folders will be 'advertised' on the network as video/pictures/music etc.

XBMC and your MacBook can just be pointed at any folder and will stream happily that way or they can make use of the auto-discovery DLNA provides.

For info:
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/librar...779-705103.pdf

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