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LaCie 500GB was formatted for MAC and given for use on PC. It does not show up anywhere when plugged in, blue light on. pc says device detected, but does not recognize and it does not show up in control panel/administrative tools/computer management/storage. How for format?

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You will need to format the device for Windows use. If you can see the device in My Computer, right click it and select format. if you can't see it in My Computer, you will need to use a boot tool such as Gparted: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
Download the .iso file and burn it as an image to a cd, then boot from the CD at startup. It should detect the 500 Gb drive and allow you to format it to NTFS. Then Windows will recognize it.

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