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"The disk you have inserted is not readable by this computer" That's what it says when I attach the disk to my laptop which had been working fine until I accidentally disconnected the drive's USB cable from my laptop without properly disconnecting it from my Finder window first on my mac (my laptop). LaCie 500GB d2 Quadra, Except I accidentally turned off my Seagate 250gb drive when it was attached to a friend's Mac desktop. Now my pc laptop and their mac can't read the external hard drive. It told me to "initialize" "ignore" or "eject." Are my files lost or is it just the access that has been damaged? How do I access my files?

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  • michhope Nov 12, 2008

    I can read sandisks from my phone, and my camera but not a friends phone or camera. It makes no sense. I get this error when I try to read sandisks from his phone and fuji camera. But only his... two different machines. ugh

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SOURCE: How to format the LaCie 500GB d2 Quadra for Windows XP??

This way it should work...
Connect your drive to the computer...
Go to: Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer management.
A new window will appear...
Select Storage > Disk management on the left of the window.
Now you will see the different drives that are connected or part of your system.
One of the drives listed there is your LaCie, i think you'll recognize it by name...
Right-click on it, and select 'format'
In the new window, select the new volume label (as you like it), the file system (use NTFS), and set allocation unit size to default.
Make sure 'Perform a quick format' is not checked...

Then click OK. Your drive will be formatted now... Don't interrupt the process

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SOURCE: external hard drive can not be read by the computer

The hard drive was originally formatted for a PC and I was using it with Mac products. I had to delete all the information on the hard drive so that I could reformat the external hard drive to work with my Macbook Pro. 

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