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Formating to my G4

Just purchased a Free Agent 500gb and would like to format it for my G4 OS 10.4. I've gone to Disk utility and the only options are disk repair. How do I format it? I've never formatted a disk on this machine. And am hoping this is a simple process. Thanks for you help, anne

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I USED MY FREE AGENT DESK EXTERNAL DRIVE 500GB ON MY MAC GOT A NEW DELL AND CONNECTED THE DRIVE...IT SHOWS UP BUT I CANNOT OPEN IT PLEASE HELP


if you still can see files on the Hard disk from MAC, then the reason of being unabe to explore your file from MS windows is that your hard was initialized by MAC with a format that windows cannot read.
move your data from external hard disk to your MAC then format your hard disk from windows OS with FAT32 format .this format is readable on both MAC and WINDOWS

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Formatting an external hard drive with Mac OS X's Disk Utility


Formatting your new external hard drive is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, you don't even have to be a computer techie or uber-Mac geek to perform this procedure successfully.

The tool you would use, to format your drive within your Mac OS X system, is the built-in utility application called Disk Utility.

Disk Utility is Apple Inc.'s defacto utility application, for performing disk related tasks within the Mac OS X volume.

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From creating new images, to burning CDs and DVDs to formatting hard drives, Disk Utility performs well enough to keep not only your Mac OS X volume on your hard drive error free, but keep your hard drive healthy and error-free as well.

I could go on in detail, admirably describing more features of this versatile Mac OS X tool, but the purpose of this FixYa tip, is to show you how to easily format your external hard drive. So that is where I will take you now.
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There are generally two formats in Disk Utility that you can use to effectively format your hard drive.

Mac OS Extended (Journaled) - if you want a Mac readable hard drive only

MS-DOS (FAT 32) - If you want your external hard drive to be read by both Mac and PC.

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--STEPS FOR FORMATTING YOUR HARD DRIVE WITH DISK UTILITY--
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• First, make sure your external hard drive is connected securely to your Mac and is turned on.

•Next, from your desktop, click anywhere on a blank space on your desktop. Now you should see Finder listed near the Apple menu icon.

• From the Finder menu, click on Go, then Utilities from the
drop-down menu. This will take you to your Utilities* folder.

(*You can also get to the Disk Utility application via Applications > Utilities folder)

• Now, locate and launch the Disk Utility application.

When Disk Utility opens you will see a left side window, which will show
all connected hard drives and optical drives. It is here that you
should see your external hard drive listed in that window.

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• When you locate it, simply select it and then select Partition
from the tabs on the right hand side.

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• Change the Volume Scheme from Current to 1 Partition

• Make sure to provide a name for your new external hard drive.

• Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the Format
drop down menu, for a bootable Mac only external hard drive.

• Or select MS-DOS from the Format drop down menu, for a bootable Mac & PC external hard drive.

From there, click the Options button, located toward the bottom of
your window.


This will open a partition scheme selection window as seen in this screen shot:

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• Select GUID Partition Table for bootability on a Intel processor based
Mac.

• Or select the Apple Partition Map for bootability on a PowerPC based Mac.

• Click the OK button.

Finally, click the Partition button and allow Disk Utility to format your new external hard drive.

When this process is complete, you now have a newly formatted, ready to use hard drive.

Believe it or not, this process can be completed faster than you think.
Using this method with Disk Utility, I was able to format my new 1TB Iomega USB external in less than 20 minutes.
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Final Note:
I used the external hard drive as the focus for showing you how to format and prepare your hard drive for use on your Mac, but this feature can also work with internal hard drives as well.
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For more information about some of the disk repairing features of Disk Utility, here is a great support link for this nifty and quite effective Apple utility for the Mac OS X platforms:

Using Disk Utility to repair a disk

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Thanks for reviewing my Mac OS X Tip!

Regards,

-Mactechtrainer


on Feb 11, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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When I try to connect my Seagate Free Agent Pro backup drive using USB to my new Sony BDP S570 DVD player I receive a message USB device connected is not support. It worked with a Western Digital drive


So I would suggest a few things for this issue. First check the format of the drive you are trying to plug in. You can do this on your Mac by using Disk Utility (Applications - Utilities - Disk Utility). Plug in the drive and open Disk Utility and click on the partition. At the bottom of the Disk Utility window it lists the information about the drive. You are specifically interested in the "Format" item. If your drive is formatted Mac OS Extended or some other Mac format you probably cannot use it on the Sony Blue Ray player. Most device look for and are only compatible with Windows type formats. For example, NTFS or FAT32. The best way to test if this is really the problem, or a systemic problem with the BR player would be to pick up a USB jump drive somewhere (they are cheap if you don't have one just laying around.) Format the jump drive to a FAT32 or NTFS file system using Disk Utility. Copy the files you want to view to the jump drive (Be sure to check the file type compatibility chart on the Sony website or in the manual and make sure what you are trying to view matches those types.) Plug that in and see if you are successful. Also there was a few notes on forums that Sony doesn't support actual hard drives on the BR players which would suggest that they only support Jump drives and FAT32 because of the file size limitations it brings. Try this and let me know how it goes. Attached is a picture of my Free Agent drive formatted for Mac in Disk Utility .jp_2010.jpg

Apr 30, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have a powerbook G4 and just purchased a Seagate 500 GB external hard drive and i can not drag and drop do i need to format something or what ?


Yes.
You should use the Disc Utility in Macintosh >Hard Drive> Applications>Utilities>Disc Utility to format the new externql to Mac OS Extended Journalrd or non-Journaled is fine.
For video applications I prefer non-Journaled.

Select the drive on the left side of the window to highlight it.
Select the Erase tab. (Top of window)
Select VolumeFormat: and Name:
In Secutity options select Zero Out Data, hit Erase (middle of window) and wait for formatting to complete.
Could be an hour or two depending on disc size.

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I just purchased an iomega ego /500gb and I'm having a problem formatting it by following their instructions. I just want to be able to plug it in and save my music. My mac doesn't even recognize it once...


You will need to format the drive to work with you Mac.
1. Open Disk Utility
2. Select Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility
3. In the left hand column, click on the drive icon for the Iomega Hard Drive. Make sure you click on the high level icon, not the second level volume icon.
NOTE: For devices with 2 or more hard drives, please review the configuration settings to determine which volume type works best for you.
4. Select the Partition tab.
5. Change Volume Scheme from Current to 1 Partition.
6. Select the format type from the Format drop-down menu.
Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) (recommended) or Mac OS Extended.
7. Click on the Options button.
8. Select the type of partition you want to use:
GUID Partition Table - for boot ability on Intel-based Macs
Apple Partition Map - for boot ability on PowerPC-based Macs
Master Boot Record - if you will use the drive on a PC as well as your Mac. Use this option ONLY if you selected PC-DOS as the format type.
CAUTION! In most cases, the computer will fail to format the drive as a Mac OS Extended (HFS+) partition using Master Boot Record. For best results, always choose GUID Partition Table (Intel) or Apple Partition Map (PowerPC).
9. Click OK.
10. Click Apply (10.5-10.6) or Partition (10.4). The drive is ready to use when the format completes.

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Want to format this drive for Mac


Go to the applications folder and then the utilities folder and double click on disk utility. Once open select your hard drive from the left hand options. In the right hand side of the disk utility you will see the following headings first aid then erase click on erase. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the Volume Format and then name the hard drive and then click on the erase button below nad follwo the instructions. Hope this helps

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I bought a Seagate Free Agent Desk External Hard Drive 500 GB for use with Windows. I Have an iMac and wish to reformat it for use on my Mac Operting System Version 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard). Please...


In Disk Utility click on the Partition click on the Current Volume Scheme drop-down menu and select One (1 partition) from the Partition Schemes provided: Click on the options button and chose either the GUID Partition button or the Apple Partition Map button click OK Select other options as desired (e.g., Volume Name Format etc.). Click Apply the Partition Disk screen opens click Partition
Time Machine may open asking if you would like to use the volume for backups. Click Cancel to proceed

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Formatting free agent 1 5tb hard drive


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Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Tool.

Format it there.

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Configuring FreeAgent for Mac OS


Lesson No. 1 - Never buy hardware or software from a store at which sales staff think the best way to answer your Mac questions is to convince you to buy a PC.  Lesson No. 2 - Reformat the drive using the Mac Disk Utility included with your MacBook after consulting with a store at which the sales staff know there is more to the computer world than PCs.  If you only intend to use the drive on your Mac, choose the option Mac Extended Journaled when rewriting the drive. There is also an formatting option to use the drive on both PC's and Macs. But I'm not going there. 

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Seagate Free Agent 500GB


Actually, the utility that the above commenter states would make you a fortune is called Disk Management and it is built into both Vista and Windows already. You are able to partition a hard drive to have both ntfs and fat32 partitions. There is also another freeware called swissknife. Also, there is an old hp program that is able to format external hard drives larger than 40gb into fat32 format which is an issue for some. So yes it is possible. I can tell you that from experience. I own a 1tb Iomega that I have a 40gb Fat32 partition for my Playstation 3 to read and the rest is NTFS for file transfer speed with my computer.

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