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I have a used seagate external drive that was previously used on a windows - I have a macBook OS 4.11 & It doesn't recognize that I have it plugged in - do I have to reformat it? And how?

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Yes you have to mac format it, this deletes all your files. use the disk utility in the utility folder an erase with mac extended

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