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Maxtor disk install

I'm trying to install an external hard disk on my G4. Is there any way of doing this without the install CD or do I now actually have to go out and buy a new operating system?

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For an exteral disk you shouldnt need a new operating system. infact You dont. Usually new disks are not formatted. Try connecting it and formatting it to the correct file system. You may need to try to format it using a windows based PC also as im not sure how to do it under MAC os's

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