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Lacie d2 quadra 500 not showing up on desktop

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  • baby_blu_4 Apr 18, 2009

    I have a lacie d2 quadra drive that is formatted to mac but i want to use it on my pc. I dont have a mac to "deformat" it (i guess thats the word lol) how can i do it on my pc?

  • Mary Anne Drobnak
    Mary Anne Drobnak May 11, 2010

    Be sure Lacie is on. Everytime my computer is turned off or electricity stops my Lacie is off until I press the button in the back. Hope this helps!

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Try to reformat your Lacie External Drive in Disk Utility.

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