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Mac 10.4.11 Acom data hd/ the hard drive does not show on desktop or file menu. does show in the disk utility.

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Is this working before with this Mac Tiger? Or is this the first time you're connecting this HD to your computer?

If first time, there's a possibility that the HD has different file format. It should be formatted as Mac OSX (Journaled) in order for the Mac to recognize it.

If this is working before with this computer, check the status of the HD. Most HDs that could only be detected under the Disk Utility needs a reformat.

IMPORTANT: Formatting the HD would erase all the files inside of it. You may need to bring your HD to the nearest Data Recovery Center to retrieve the files inside and then you may now reformat the HD.

Have a great day!

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

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Wd3200h1u00 cant mount


If the hard drive cannot mount, there is not a valid volume on it. With the drive physically connected and powered, open Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility (or if the hard drive in question is supposed to be your OS volume, boot up to Disk 1 of the OS install set and open Disk Utility from the File or Apple menu (I don't recall which one at the moment). If the disk icon shows up in the list of available disks, click on it. Any volumes on the disk should appear. If not, the disk is unformatted or the volume information is corrupted. If the icon doesn't show up at all, the disk is either not properly connected and powered or is defective.

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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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Internal HD accidentally deleted


Hi, Run System Profiler. It's in the utilities folder along with Disk Utility,
Have a look at the ATA bus. Does it list both disks or just your start-up disk and the DVD-drive?
If your second disk is not showing here then it may well have died. Even if it does show it may still be dead and the only way to make sure is to use a stronger tool than Disk Utility.
Unfortunately you may have to buy that and it's cost is not far short of the cost of a new drive.
I've known apparently dead disks come to life after a short spell in a freezer inside a sealed plastic bag. Unfortunatley they rarely stay alive for long - just long enough to copy important files!

Apr 29, 2012 | Apple Power Mac G4 Desktop

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Reformat from pc to mac


Since I don't know what Mac you're talking about, nor what version of the OS, I will speak generically.

What your friend did was probably formatted the disk as an NTFS disk. No, you won't be able to see it or access it.
You need to go to Disk Utility, which came with your operating system, and run that. When the utility scans your computer and turns up the drives that are connected, it should show the drive in question (assuming that you have it connected and turned on at the time of the scan).
What you're going to have to do is repartition the drive. When your drive shows up in Disk Utility, it will appear in the left part of the window that displays all the disks and volumes mounted. For the purposes of this discussion, I will define my terms. Volume means the physical hardware, Drive means the partitioned and formatted disk.
If you look at the Disk utility window, on the left are all the volumes and disks displayed. Those are what your computer sees when it scans for drives. For example, on my computer I have 2 drives connected to it. Each drive has a drive name, and a volume name. Mine are: 465.8GB WDC5000 (which is my internal HD/hardware/VOLUME) 500 gb HD (which is the name of the DISK as it appears on my desktop)
1.4 TB Seagate (Hardware/VOLUME) Freeagent Xtreme 1.5 TB HD (which is the DISK name as it appears on my desktop)
Now, you'll want to click on the VOLUME/HARDWARE icon in the left side of the Disk Utility window. When you do this, and you've clicked on the correct icon, you'll notice that it changes the menu on the right side of the Disk Utility window. So you'll know you've clicked on the correct icon, the menu should show five options. First Aid, Erase, Partition, RAID, Restore
Having selected the VOLUME in question, you'll want to click on PARTITION. That will take you to another screen that says VOLUME SCHEME
Assuming that you're only going to be running Mac OS X on this drive, I will tell you to create only (1) one partition. To the right of VOLUME SCHEME you'll see VOLUME INFORMATION. Put in the appropriate information. Select the correct format you want. If you're going to only use this drive on a Mac, then select MAC OS EXTENDED (JOURNALED) and click the APPLY button at the bottom right of the screen. This will repartition your drive and do a low level format. I am assuming that you have no data on this drive, thus there is no need to back up the data.
Once that completes, you'll want to select the disk icon from the left side of the Disk Utility window. The menu on the right will change. It will only display four options. They are: First Aid, Erase, RAID, Restore.
You'll want to click on ERASE In the next window, it should say: Volume Format: Name: Select MAC OS (journaled) for volume format. For Name: put whatever you like Now click on the ERASE button on the right part of the screen.
Once this completes, you should be good to go!
If you're still having problems, you can e-mail me 7ohnnyramone@gmail.com and I will try to help you out.
Best regards, -Ric Carvalho

Aug 03, 2010 | SimpleTech SimpleDrive Pininfarina 500GB...

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Hitachi ext. drive formatted for a PC, but now I want to read it


you need to reformat the drive for MAC...

Use Disk Utility To completely erase a Macintosh hard drive that runs OS X 10.3.x or above—not just individual files on the drive—you can use the Disk Utility that is built into the Macintosh operating system.

How to Use Disk Utility to Erase a Macintosh Hard Drive (OS X 10.3.x or 10.4.x)
  1. You must reboot your computer using the OS X system CD that came with your Macintosh. To do so, follow these steps:
  • Insert the CD into the CD drive.
  • Hold down the C key during the startup process.
  1. Select your preferred language. You will then see the Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer window.
  2. From the Installer Menu Bar, click Open Disk Utility. You will then see the Disk Utility window.
  3. In the left pane of the Disk Utility window, click the drive you want to erase.
  4. In the right pane of the Disk Utility window, click the Erase tab.
  5. From the Volume Format drop-down menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  6. In the Name field, highlight the existing text and type the name the hard drive is to be called after it's formatted.
  7. NOTE: If you ever plan to connect another computer running OS 9 to this hard drive, you'll want to install the Mac OS 9 disk driver, so that this disk will be visible from an OS 9-booted computer. If you don't know if you will do this in the future, it's best to install these drivers.
  8. The following are the available security options:
  • Don't Erase Data—This option only rewrites the headers on the disk. Files can be recovered by forensics, disk utilities, and other advanced recovery software.
  • Zero Out Data—There are forensics utilities that, albeit expensive and time consuming, can retrieve zeroed-out data.
  • 7-Pass Erase—This is considered sufficient by government standards to erase data from a disk. It writes random data over the disk seven times. It may take several hours or more to complete this process.
  • 35-Pass Erase—This makes it absolutely impossible to regain any data off the drive. This option takes an extremely long time, possibly more than one day.
  1. Click the radio button in front of 7-Pass Erase (recommended by UD).
  2. Click OK.
  3. Click Erase.
  4. Confirm you want to erase. The program will unmount the volume, partition the drive, and rename the volume to the name you typed in step #7 above.

May 19, 2010 | Hitachi Computers & Internet

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How do I reformat an external Hard Drive that came with NTFS to work with MAC OS X version 10.4.11? I've gone to Disk Utility but then I don't know what to do. The instructions say to use the Erase...


Disk UtilityTo completely erase a Macintosh hard drive that runs OS X 10.3.x or above—not just individual files on the drive—you can use the Disk Utility that is built into the Macintosh operating system.

How to Use Disk Utility to Erase a Macintosh Hard Drive (OS X 10.3.x or 10.4.x)
  1. You must reboot your computer using the OS X system CD that came with your Macintosh. To do so, follow these steps:
  • Insert the CD into the CD drive.
  • Hold down the C key during the startup process.
  1. Select your preferred language. You will then see the Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer window.
  2. From the Installer Menu Bar, click Open Disk Utility. You will then see the Disk Utility window.
  3. In the left pane of the Disk Utility window, click the drive you want to erase.
  4. In the right pane of the Disk Utility window, click the Erase tab.
  5. From the Volume Format drop-down menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  6. In the Name field, highlight the existing text and type the name the hard drive is to be called after it's formatted.
  7. NOTE: If you ever plan to connect another computer running OS 9 to this hard drive, you'll want to install the Mac OS 9 disk driver, so that this disk will be visible from an OS 9-booted computer. If you don't know if you will do this in the future, it's best to install these drivers.
  8. The following are the available security options:
  • Don't Erase Data—This option only rewrites the headers on the disk. Files can be recovered by forensics, disk utilities, and other advanced recovery software.
  • Zero Out Data—There are forensics utilities that, albeit expensive and time consuming, can retrieve zeroed-out data.
  • 7-Pass Erase—This is considered sufficient by government standards to erase data from a disk. It writes random data over the disk seven times. It may take several hours or more to complete this process.
  • 35-Pass Erase—This makes it absolutely impossible to regain any data off the drive. This option takes an extremely long time, possibly more than one day.
  1. Click the radio button in front of 7-Pass Erase (recommended by UD).
  2. Click OK.
  3. Click Erase.
  4. Confirm you want to erase. The program will unmount the volume, partition the drive, and rename the volume to the name you typed in step #7 above.

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I am trying to write files to a terabyte verbatim portable hard drive, but it saids the drive can not be modified. How do I write to the verbatim hard drive on my mac?


Hello,

Most verbatim drives are formatted to by default to NTFS which is a windows file system. NTFS can be read and copied from on Mac but not written to.

You will need to offload the data to one of your computers and reformat it with the mac.

Apple, Utilities, Disk Utility.

Once formatted for Mac you will be able to read and write to the drive but you will need to add macdisk to the windows PC to allow it to read and write to a Mac formatted disk.

I more information on my FAQ about recovering data from Mac drives on PC

http://www.aitsavemyfiles.com/datarecoverybasics.php?faq_id=6545&category_id=8247

Hope this helps FixYa,

Crankstart

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Blank screen except for a flashing file symbol


It sounds like the system is corrupted or your hard drive has failed. What I would do is to get your instal disk to boot up you do this by holding down the c key on your keyboard. Once you have booted up go to the file menu and run disk utility to verify and repair the hard drive.

If the hard drive is showing up go to the instal menu and instal a fresh system remembering to preserve the users data so you do not wipe anything.

If it is not showing up you will have to buy a replacement drive and instal it. Unfortunately you have not mentioned what type of mac laptop you have.

Hopefully this will work.

Nov 22, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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On power up I get a bleep then the symbol of a file alternating with a '?'. Nothing more ! Has the hard disk died ?


It sounds like the system is corrupted. What I would do is to get your instal disk to boot up holding down the c key on your keyboard. Once you have booted up go to the file menu and run disk utility to verify and repair the hard drive. Then go to the instal menu and instal a fresh system remembering to preserve the users data so you do not wipe anything. Hopefully this will work.

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My Lacie HD will not show up on my MacBookPro when plugged


Brand new? It needs to be formatted / erased with the disk utility to work with your mac.

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