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Trying to format for MAC

I purchased a Seagate FreeAgent 1.5TB drive, it came with only windows format, & I am a Mac Person. I am attempting to reformat the drive to MAC OS, but i keep getting a drive error failure. Any ideas I am Missing ??

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  • pius222 May 25, 2009

    On Kenston.net, it shows how to reformat a drive that is both Windows and Mac. How about reformat a Windows "only" drive to use on Mac?

  • Daizy Dec 31, 2012

    When you purchase a new hard drive for your Mac, either SATA/ATA (internal) or FireWire (external) the box that the drive comes in will likely tell you that the drive will run on both Macs and PCs. This is true, but because the drive is formatted for cross platform compatibility, some stability and facility issues could arise. It is possible that your new cross platform hard drive could have a 2 gig file size limit. Open Disk Utility, Click on the Drive, Click Partition, Choose the number of partitions, and click Apply.

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I had a similar issue and was able to work around it by partitioning the drive. See this site for information: http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/partitioning_tiger.html

Overview: Open Disk Utility, Click on the Drive, Click Partition, Choose the number of partitions, and click Apply.

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Let me know if this helps!

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