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SImple Tech HD wont show up on vista

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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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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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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