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If this will be used as a primary or back-up boot drive, it will have to be erased and partitioned to at least one partition. You may want to create separate partitions for booting and data, depending on the capacity of the drive. Using Disk Utility select drive, select partition, use drop down "option" menu select GUID partition table, name your partition(s) and go ahead. It will now be bootable on Intel macs and readable on older Power PC macs if you share data among platforms and operating systems. Partition before putting any data on the drive, as it may be erased. In theory you should be able to partition a drive on the newer Mac OS without losing data, but I'm chicken.

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Simpletech hard drives should work fine on Apple computers. I'd suggest you erase the Simpletech hard drive first with the "Disk Utilities" application using the "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" format before using the hard drive.

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When you buy any drive you should not count on it working on a Macintosh
Most drives are formatted with the NTFS format for windows.
First connect the drive if it is an external drive next open Disk Utiility and do as Steve Centanne says format it for the Mac, if you do not format a drive for Mac you will be able to send files to it but you wil not be able to access them if the drive is a NTFS format and it will not allow you to use it as a bootable drive for macintosh computers. Once your drive is formatted correctly you can do a disk restore and create an exact copy of your working macintosh computer and use it as a firewire or a usb bootable disk. YOu can access all of the drives hooked up through firewire by holding down the option key when booting your mac then you can choose to run your mac from one of the external drives. This is a bunch of information for a first time user so I might suggest making sure you know all you can before proceeding
Generally speaking whatever drive is running your Macintosh (booted from) internal or external is fairly safe as you cannot erase it during this process as it is the one that is in charge. There is so much more to learning how to do this but so once you figure it out practice practice backup backup. Once you have done it correctly you will NOT have to reinstall any of your programs or serial numbers. They will just be on an exactly cloned drive. Good Luck

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