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Sumvision Harddrive Installer Disk Wont Fit!

I recently bought a sum vision 2.5" external hard drive. I got the User Manual CD with it, but its too small to fit into my CD drive.
I assume it has the solution on it to not being able to put anything on the drive yet/"modify the volume".
Very frustrating.
Are there any alternatives? what can i do?

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  • nickprogers Mar 01, 2009

    you were right. :)

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You can try connecting the drive and initialize it with Applications / Utilities / Disk Utility.

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