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Formatting how do i reformat the maxtor 500Gb hard drive to work with my imac

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Inside the iMac or as an external drive? If internal: Use the OSX Installation disk 

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My Maxtor will not Format with my Xp Windows

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Is this compatable with our Mac?

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Yes. You might need to re-format it.

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there is software to retrieve data from hard drives that have lost the table of contents because of power failure during a wright session, which usually causes this to happen. get the software and learn how to use it before doing anything else to the drive, any formatting or weighting to the drive will cause less chance to retrieve your data from the drive.

i have successfully done this on several external drives of my own. and just tor the fun of it i did a reformat and then by the use of software retrieved the data again afterwards, much to my surprise
you will need a extra drive wit space for the retreved data during this process. then you can transfer data back to original drive to use again.

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I cannot copy files FROM my Western Digital 500GB


Check the file system of your hard drive. If your PC is recognizing it, check if its a FAT or NTFS. If it is NTFS then you have to reformat it using your Mac and choose FAT. Mac OS recognizes NTFS as a read only drive. If you plan using it with your PC and MAC you should format it using your mac and choose MS-DOS in disc Utility. You cannot format the drive using your PC Computer with a FAT file system because of the capacity. Only Mac can format it with a FAT file system.

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Maxtor Basics portable 320gb Mac to pc compatability problems

Hi Tys,

I had a similar issue with my Maxtor Basics portable 500GB drive. I hadn't formatted mine yet, but had heard there were issues, so decided to find out before I start. I even saw your post here looking for an answer. Finally, one of my friends told me the following solution, which worked fine for me:

Don't format the drive as any of the Mac OS Extended options, simply reformat it as MS-DOS (it should be one of the options in Disk Utilities when you choose Erase and go to the Volume Format dropdown list).

Your Mac should be able to recognise and use the drive in this format and it works for PCs. Transferring files between the two shouldn't be a problem.

A thing to note, though, is that these Maxtor drives apparently come ready-formatted as MS-DOS (mine did). But while my Mac recognised the drive, I couldn't copy files on to it. If this happens, erase this MS-DOS formatting with... MS-DOS. Don't ask me why this works, I'm not a Mac Genius, but now my Maxtor is trouble-free and can transfer files from PC to Mac and back again.

Hope this works out for ya!


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HOW do i Maxtor OneTouch4 500GB External Hard Drive Format

Go to My Computer, right click on the Maxtor OneTouch harddrive, select format, check quick format, click format.

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