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How do I install it on a MAC OS 10.2.8 and unlock it?

I have followed the directions in the "User Guide" but never reach the point where I am asked to restart my computer.

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Re: How do I install it on a MAC OS 10.2.8 and unlock...

Do you mean that you are trying to install 10.2.8 ONTO the external drive? If so, you don't have to restart anything., as the operating system is not being accessed, so it doesn't have to optomize. Try starting up from the new install by holding down the OPTION key when restarting your computer, then choose the drive you wish to start up from. Click the drive you want, then hit the forward arrow.

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SOURCE: How do I install it on a MAC OS10.2.8 and unlock it?

go to manufactures website and download update drivers for it then try again if same problems accure please savew all files out and re-install mac and install this first on a fresh system you may have conflicts in files. good luck

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How do I format my new WD Elements SE 500GB for Mac OS Snow Leopard


follow instructions below
1> Open the system drive, usually titled "Macintosh HD." Open Applications, then Utilities and double click the "Disk Utility" program to open it. A window will open giving a list of all the drives currently mounted on the computer.
2> Select the disk that needs to be formatted on the left. It is not possible to format the startup disk unless the system has booted from the Install Disk. It is important to note that formatting the startup disk will permanently erase the data stored on the disk. If you are planning on erasing the startup disk, back up all important files and applications.
3> Click on the "Erase" tab to the right of the list of drives. The window will now display the options for erasing the hard drive and formatting it to work on the Macintosh computer.
4> Select the Volume Format from the pop-up list. In most cases it's best to leave it at "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as this is the default. This setting is the best option for running Mac OS X. If there are other requirements for the disk, then select the format that best suits your needs. If you have questions about the formats, refer to the Apple user's manual.
5> Name the hard drive. Type a name for the disk in the field where it asks for the name. This name will always appear when the disk is mounted on a Macintosh computer.
6> Click the erase button. A window will open asking to verify the erase procedure. Click the erase button in this window to start the process of erasing the disk. Once the process is complete, the drive will appear with the name it was given on the left side of the window with the list of drives and on the desktop of the Macintosh computer.


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I can't get the Verbatim Clon to work on my Mac. I don't really know what I'm doing wrong. The user guide says I need to set up the Nero BACKITUP software and that I do this by double clicking on the...

The Nero Backitup Software is not currently supported on Mac OS X.The setupx file you were trying to use was probably a .exe file which is windows only, .dmg is for Mac OS X. If you can view the drive when plugged into your computer than you can use it to manually backup, or you could find a backup software that is mac compatible. Seeing also that the drive came with a .exe, it might not be formatted properly, which could explain if it doesn't show up at all on your desktop or in Finder. To use the drive effectively you would need to reformat the drive to a Mac compatible format then simply use whatever backup software you find to fully take advantage of this advice.

Or you could return it and find a drive that is currently supported by OS X.

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I work with OS X (mac) , I can not copy a file bigger that 4 GB into my WD my book. I 've tried to change the format, but i can just chose between : Mac OS Extended ( Journaled) ,Mac OS Extended, case-...


Although Macs are designed to Read NTFS, they aren't designed to write to them and therefor cannot format a windows drive. If you are simply moving files onto the Mac from a windows PC you can format the drive using a PC and the Mac will be able to read and copy the files from the drive. If your goal is to have both windows and Mac read and write to the drive, your best bet is to use Mac OS Extended, then to buy and install Macdisk on your Windows PC. This will allow both to fully utilize the drive.

Any file size limitations you're running into at that point would have to be dealt with through compression or you may need to set up a NAS server that uses either NTFS or Linux format and copy files across the network rather than through a direct port like USB or FireWire.

Feel free to respond back and pick my brain if this advice only gets you half way solved.

Hope this helps FixYa,


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I just bought my LaCie 301888KUA 1TB Starck Desktop USB2.0. I was following set up directions in the manual until I realized that my Mac OS X (version 10.5.8) is not recognizing the hard drive . It's not...

the problem is that your lacie drive operates using the NTFS (New Technology File System) under USB which is the standard file system of Windows. Apple mac is not interopable with native NTFS therefore you need to install a read-write NTFS file-system driver on your mac if you wish to use it via the USB connection.

an excellent free mac NTFS driver can be found here-

download and install the software then restart your mac.


Jul 31, 2010 | LaCie 301888KUA 1TB Starck Desktop 1 TB...

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How do I set Simpletech Duo Pro to be RAID 1 in Mac OS X? I followed the manual and the size did not change from !.8Tb to 900 Mb. It said to erase the drive by setting it to "free space", resetting the...

The SimpleTech user guide ( does not correctly describe the reset sequence to switch the RAID level.
The correct reset steps, I learned after talking to technical support, are:
Power down
Depress (and hold) reset button
Power up
Wait 10 seconds
Release reset button

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No Write permission when attaching Simpletech external drive to Mac OS 10

simple just format it for PC first then it should work for both

if you format it for MAC first it will not work on the PC


PC are horrible for accessing files

mac's are more user friendly

Jul 02, 2008 | SimpleTech 250GB USB2.0 7200 RPM External...

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External drive wont mount


Try doing flea power & the power cycle.

1. Disconnect all the peripherals like keyboard,mouse,printer, scanner & monitor and power supply from the CPU.

And press & hold the power button for 2 min, it will release the flea power from the mother board.

Restart the system & check.

2. Disconnect everything.wait for 5-10 minutes and then connect every thing.

Restart the system.

If it does not resolve the issue then you can try this :

Check this before you try to edit the registry values.

Just remove the registry key it happen when this key is corrupted.


And delete all references to the external hard drive.

And also HLKM\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB

and found the keys associated with the USB to IDE value.

After restarting the system, the drive shold be detected & configured automatically by the computer.

Disclaimer : I will not be held responsible for anything that happens to your computer as a result of following my guide. Use this guide at your own discretion and risk.

You can use the Disk utility in MAC to run the diags on your drive.

Good Luck.

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May 14, 2008 | Iomega 33089 250 GB Hard Drive

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How do I install it on a MAC OS10.2.8 and unlock it?

go to manufactures website and download update drivers for it then try again if same problems accure please savew all files out and re-install mac and install this first on a fresh system you may have conflicts in files. good luck

Jul 10, 2007 | SmartDisk Crossfire Desktop (xf160f) 160...

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Switching to a Mac

Your hard drive is probably formatted with the NTFS file system which is read only on MAC. The following article should guide you through making your drive writable on the MAC system. Regards, Armando

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