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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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    George Bill May 11, 2010

    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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I had a similar issue with my Maxtor Basics portable 500GB drive. I hadn't formatted mine yet, but had heard there were issues, so decided to find out before I start. I even saw your post here looking for an answer. Finally, one of my friends told me the following solution, which worked fine for me:

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Maxtor basics personal storage 3200 Mac user


accidentally posted the solution as a comment..

but anyway I found the solution here:http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=SATA_Troubleshooter_-_Mac_OS_X_Installation_Basics&vgnextoid=a0a44a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD#storage

but short version of it all:
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i had the same problem but i found the solution!
It's right that you opened up disk utility. I found the solution here: http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=SATA_Troubleshooter_-_Mac_OS_X_Installation_Basics&vgnextoid=a0a44a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD#storage

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