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My mac cant see my minimax 500GB, it powers on and spins up, but i cant see it on my desktop. I'm using the firewire cable.

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  • gianmarco_f0 Jul 19, 2009

    it doesnt even see it in disk utility though, i think its broken

  • gianmarco_f0 Aug 06, 2009

    i have now tried the usb cable too,it doesnt work either. still cant see it AT ALL, the weird thing is that the drive works on my dads windows???

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The above answer is wrong. All MiniMax drive are formatted for Macs out of the box (that why they are shaped exactly the same as a mac Mini).
Try connecting with a USB lead to see if that works.
These units are generally very good (i've installed about a dozen in the last year) but I have known some be DOA (I've only had one). Do other externals work in your FW port? If they do, plug them into one of the other ports on the MiniMax and see if they still work.
There is always a chance that your FW port is faulty - they have been known to need resetting (you'll have to google that as I can't remember the exact procedure - I think a quick way is to disconnect everything from the mac - yes everything! and leave the mac sitting naked and forlorn for about 20 minutes, then reconnect everything including your minimax and power up the mac. With luck it should come on and mount. Let us know what happens.

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This is because the HD needs to be mac formated you need to format the hard drive using support software that came with the hard drive if it doesn't have mac support try google or goto disk utility and format it as osx extended and journaled

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    This is because the HD needs to be mac formated you need to format the hard drive using support software that came with the hard drive if it doesn't have mac support try google or goto disk utility and format it as osx extended and journaled

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