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LaCie d2 Extreme Hard Drive

I am plugging my d2 in for the first time, and it appears as if it is working properly in device manager, but does not show up in My Computer, and thereby is inaccessible. What do I do?

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  • newbee225 Mar 09, 2008

    I have been using my LaCie 250 gb hard drive for back up on my pc with sync back up software.  Now I connect it to my Apple to back up that and I get a message read only so I cannot write any files to it.  Why is that?  Can I only use it on PC not Apple?

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It could be that the drive is not formatted or initialized! Try this, right click on My Computer then click on Manage. Go to Disk management in the left pane. You should see all your disks that are installed in the right pane, it should show you their status. Actually if it is a new unformatted disk it should bring up the "Initialize Disk" window. If it does, follow the steps. If not look for a disk that is fully black (black means unallocated)then right click on the disk and Create a partition. The create partition wizard allows you to format the disk afterwards. If you plan to use the disk on some windows 98/ME machines you need to create a FAT32 Partition(FAT32 partition can't be larger than 20GB(20480MB) if not just format it NTFS(performs better and more reliable). Hopes this helps.

Posted on Mar 17, 2007

  • Alexa Wilson
    Alexa Wilson Nov 09, 2011

    It worked perfectly! Yay!

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