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Bought a maxtor basics 500gb hard drive and have a mac os x 10.3.9, i cant seem to get it formatted for my laptop...

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    How are you attempting the formatt, and what is happening when you try

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Is it in the laptop, are there more than 1 drive, how are you going about formating, I can show you where to grab a download from partition manager. or a similar site. get a trial on the software, and use it to formatt the drive paragon partition manager makes a nice program that I believe will let you try before you buy, perhaps the best known is partition manager or partition magic. It is nice to have one of these programs anyhow. asit allows you to put as many operating systems on a hard drive as you care to, also good to keep the system files in a seperate partition, good luck, peace,Gym

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