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I took a maxtor harddrive out of a dvr,can it be reformated to work in a computer?

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Yes it can,

The drive will have to have the current partition removed and be re-partitioned and reformatted then it will be ready for use.

If you need more info regarding the procedure, reply here with your operating system and I can give you a little more info.


Chris

Posted on May 26, 2009

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