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I have a Lacie Hard drive. I originally set it up on a Mac. Now when I plug it into a PC it doesn't show up, even though the computer recognizes that the hard drive is plugges in. it won't let me access it.

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This is normal a the hard drive is formatted for mac. If the drive is formatted using ntfs you can run Macfuse and your problem wille be solved. If not you wille need to reformat your drive in the NTFS format and then run MacFUSE.

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