Question about Toshiba E05A100PBU3XS Canvio 1TB USB 3.0 Portable - Black/Silver USB 2.0 Hard Drive
2008 Mac Book Mac OS X 10.6.8
Posted by Anonymous on
It depends on which machine(s) you want to use your hard drive for! If it should works on PCs (Windows and Linux) you have to format it in exFAT but if will use it only on MAC, it would be better if you use hfs+ (AKA: Mac OS extended journaled - not case sensitive).
And to do dat you need to open Disk Utility (type it in spotlight (use small magnifying glass icon in upper right corner of screen)). In Disk Utility's window, select your External Hard Drive itself (not its partition), go to Partition tab and change its format to anything you want, then click on apply button and wait for progress to be down.
If you want to use hfs+, you may need to chang partition table format to "GUID", and for exFat it needs to be "Master Boot Record"; to change that, use options button down in the same tab that I mentioned above.
PS: No need to say that formatting a drive will erase all data from it, so you need to copy them somewhere else before that.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
yes you could simply format the harddrive in Fat32 using your macos that would be the best solution but don`t forget to backup your data by copy pasting the files on your mac or something else and after that to move them on the external hdd again to be available on the windows machine
Posted on Mar 11, 2010
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Sounds like a 2 part question.
Part 1, how do you use the drive on the computer to watch recorded shows from you DVR, simple install EX for windows which will allow your computer to access Linux formatted drives.
Part 2, how do you retrieve the files that were on it before, that depends how many new files you've put on it since. When the DVR formatted the drive it didn't erase the old files and they could easily be found again with a very inexpensive program. Each show you've recorded since will have overwritten some of the files. I will give you a link below for a review I wrote of such a program. Don't buy it right away, download the trial and scan the Toshiba, the program will show you a list of files it can recover then if you think it's worthwhile for the files it shows, only then pay for the program and recover the files.
Link for EX?
The author provides this driver for free but asks you donate to show your appreciation.
Data recovery software:
Hope this helps FixYa,
Posted on Dec 23, 2010
When the drive is plugged in, right click on "My Computer," click "manage" and then in the left hand pane click "Disk Management." You will see a few drives on the right, find your USB drive. Look at the size to make sure it is the right one. Also, of course, it will not be labeled "C:". Right click the drive and click "format". Follow the prompts, and if asked for a format choose "NTFS".
Posted on Feb 28, 2011
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