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Simple Tech 160 GB external harddrive

I have an external hd and it won't let me take anything off or put anything on.  there is an icon at the bottom that says "no change" with a pencil and a line through it.  I am using a Macbook with leopard

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Go into your disk utility on the mac, select your external, and erase it.. then it should find it. :) Only thing is now I can't get windows to find it when I take it to school! Oh well :D

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