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I have tried to reformat my Maxtor Basics External Hard Drive with Apple Disk Utility but nothing happens. I click on the hard drive and First Aid goes blue and that is as far as I get. When I try to put a photo into it it says 'untitled cannot be modified'.

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I am not familiar with external hd, but with macs.  It will not let you reformat a disk if that is the starup disk.  Instead of disk utility, you need to PROBABLY reinstall the os using a universal full install disk.  That´ll let you reformat the hd.

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Using Windows Disk Management Utility to Manage Internal and External Disks


Disk management utility will help you see all the drives that are connected to your computer, including internal hard drives, CD or DVD Drives, and removable storage like USB sticks and external hard drives. Using this utility, you can check for attached drives that are not visible in windows when attached to your computer. You can also format drives, change drive letters, mark a partition as active and delete partitions. A word on caution about using the Disk Management Utility: This utility can cause destruction of data. If you are not sure of what you are looking at and uncomfortable with using this utility you should consult with an advanced user before making any changes to drives using this utility.


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#2- Right click on you “My Computer” Icon
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