I used it on my mac. then i used it on a pc. then i tried to go back to the mac and now it doesnt work on either one. it shows up on a pc but not in "my computer" so i cant format it or anything. the computer just knows that something is in the usb port and that its a hard disk
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Re: SImple Tech HD wont show up on vista
Microsoft long ago decided Windows (this is not unique to Vista) could only format a drive with FAT up to a max size of 32Gb - even though FAT anc deal with larger drives - the thinking being that drives of more than 32Gb really should be NTFS as its more efficient. Windows will USE FAT drives od more than 32Gb but you need to format them outside of windows. Utilities such as Partition Magic for example can create larger FAT partitions which Windows will use.
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Re: SImple Tech HD wont show up on vista
You might have a problem with the catalog file. Connect it to your mac and then go to your utilities folder located in your applications folder. In there you will find a program called Disk Utility. Run it and then when you see the drive highlight it and hit repair disk. Then mount. If this doesn't work there are other programs that can repair the catalog file (which is the file that contains the information as to what is on the disk and where it is located so any computer can read the disk. If you do decided to reformat the disk and you stil lwant it for both computers, it is important to have it set for FAT 32 format.
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as the mac has a diffreent format to a pc you cannot connect up the drive to a pc because it simply wont recodnise it. the best way is to network the 2 computers together then alow file sharing on the mac and searcc with windows through the network to find the drive. then copy them across the network to your pc. this will then reformat the files to PC files at they hit your PC
Some solutions possible:
- First split the video in chunks <2GB to make them more compatible with older filesystems and networking technologies)
A) Copy the file over the network (e.g. using Windows Sharing on the Mac, or using File and Printer Sharing on Vista)
B) Try to do it via the MyBook. This means the Mac must be able to write something and Vista must be able to read it. You say you've "set up" the MyBook "for my macbook pro". How did you format it? What filesystem? Mac OS Extended (HFS+) with Journaling? In general, you need to install something on Vista to read the Mac's filesystem format (HFS+), or on the Mac to write a Windows format (probably best to use NTFS). Examples of software like that are:
(Win) MacDisk <http://www.macdisk.com>, MacDrive <http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive>
(Mac) MacFUSE with NTFS-3G <http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/>
or Paragon NTFS <http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/>
B2) If you've formatted the MyBook as FAT32, you're lucky. Just split the movie file in chunks <2GB, copy them to the MyBook, copy them from the MyBook in Vista and join the chunks again.
(for splitting you can use e.g. HJSplit and its compatibles <http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit/>)
(also check e.g. "NTFS on your Mac two ways" <http://www.tuaw.com/2007/11/19/ntfs-on-your-mac-two-ways/> for an alternative explanation.)
I have that problem similiar to yours. My simple tech stopped working for like two years so i decided to open up my simple tech and removed my HD away from the old enclosure so I can try building my own external hard drive for the first time. I bought another new 3.5 enclosure, IDE/ATA for the old HD. I put it in the new enclosure and it worked!
It's the only solution you can have. No need to retrieve data or re-format your HD. You can leave it the way you like...if you wanna reformat it...up to you.
1st 2 go in this drive u must be working on a mac cos if u plugit on other the sysytem will ask u 4 formt and u dont need that..so try 2 use linux live cds or other live cds 2 recover ur disk but try 2 boot frome a hard drive 1st...
I bought the Simpletech Signature Mini 250GB last week and had these same issues. I wrote to the company's tech support and the solutions works. It boils down to you having to create a drive letter & partition for this. It took a little time to format, but it's all good now. I agree we shouldn't have such a headache for such a simple piece of hardware, though. I will cut/paste the info below. Once it was done, I was able to go to My Computer and see it listed as Drive H (which was what I selected).
PROBLEM: I have followed directions re: plugging device in, still cannot see device in MY COMPUTER. I have also tried plugging both USB's into computer to no avail. Even tried using it on my laptop, still not showing. My desktop is XP & loaptop is Vista. When I go to remove the dirve, it DOES show as Fujitsu, but I cannot acces the drive or locate it elsewhere. I really want to like this, but will have to return it if this issue is not resolvable.
SOLUTION: You might need to initialize the drive.
Right click on “My Computer” or “Computer” on Vista. Select “Manage” On the next screen select “Disk Management” In the lower middle section you should be able to find your drive. It will show up as Disk 1 or Disk 2….depending on how many drives you have in your computer. If you click on the area that says Disk # you should get and option to “initialize drive”. Also to the right it should show the allocation information for the drive. If it says “unallocated” then the drive needs to be partitioned. Right click on the white box next to the drive listing. Select the option “New Partition” This will bring up the partition wizard and you will need to step through this process. Select a primary partition. On the next screen accept the maximum size it will provide. On the next screen you assign a drive letter. On the next screen you will do the format and accept the default settings. The formatting will start and will be busy until it is complete. You can monitor this from the disk management window.
A Purchased Externa HD should be formatted for PC
32bit therefore readable univerally in any PC system
but it will not read in a Mac.
The would have to be formatted for Mac and will then only read in a Mac.
So you decided where you want the drive to go .PC or Mac
and we will take it from there