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SimpleDrive External Hard Drive

I've just purchased a SimpleDrive External HD (250). It is supposed to be "plug and play" but I have conect it to my pc an to my mac and It does not shows up

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  • sblazio Feb 10, 2008

    I have a simpletech external drive_450 gig that my new computer will not recognize !!!

    My old computer ran xp,and the new one vista.

    when I switch on I hear the noise that you get when turning on an external device but vista cannot find drivers please help !!!

    i have silpletech external drive model #96300-40001-01_(other numbers on the back sticker is m051238,and 91000-4079-049,please help !!!!!!

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It you have it formatted as a NTF - it will not write for a MAC but read only. It will work on a PC.

However, if you can format it as a FAT32 system than you should be able to read/write for both a MAC and PC.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008

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Not true the simple drive comes as a NTFS which a mac can read if not edit. and He tried it on both a mac and a PC and neither worked. I'm having similar problems to. the device manager say the drive is installed and its drivers are working properly but regardless it fails to show up in the computer section of explorer

Posted on Aug 22, 2007

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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

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