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Not Supported by my Mac

Hello, I purchased a 1T "My Book" Essential edition external hard drive yesterday. I hooked it to my computer. It is a G4 Mac running OS 10.4.11. The box said it supported this. When I plugged it in, a box came up that was going to allow me to do "first aid", but there was no button available to click. At the bottom, there was a thing that said S.M.A.R.T. - Not Supported. Can you please help me? Let me know if this is enough information. -Johnathan

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It needs to be formatted for mac use.  If you are going to be using it on both Windows and Mac OS X, you need to format it in windows as a FAT 32 partition.  If you are going to be using it Mac ONLY, then you can format it in disk utility.  

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