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Re: want to format for pc
Since you want to format it, let's blow away the partition:
1. Right-click [My Computer]
3. Disk Management]
4. Find your Maxtor in the list or graph.
5. Once you are certain, then right-click the Maxtor entry (or graph) and select "Delete Partition"
6. Answer [Yes] to the next scary question.
7. If it has other partitions, you may want to examine them and delete them later.
8. You can now "New Partition" (right-click)
9. The create a "Primary" drive and format it.
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Depends on what you want to do with the files. Data is usually interchangeable between Mac and PC file formats. FAT-32 format files are limited to 4gb in size. You cannot boot a Mac from one of these files or from a drive formatted to FAT-32. To be bootable, an Intel Mac system drive must be formatted as a GUID partition map. Most of the new hard drives come with software that enables Macs to read and write to them without reformatting, thus they are completely interchangeable for data.
Looks like you may not be in luck.
I found this on a forum.....
When you have the hard drive connect to the Mac, right click on it's icon and select Get Info. Look in the window that pops up and see what is listed next to Formatting. It it says NTFS, then the Mac can't write to it. Being it is a large drive, that you have been using on a Windows PC, I'm 99% sure it is NTFS. In order for the Mac to write to it, you will have to erase and reformat the drive. If you will only now be using it on the Mac, then you can format it Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Just remember, that by doing so Windows now will not be able to read or write to the disk. If you do need it to work with both platforms, you will need to see if Maxtor has a utility to do the formatting. Because of it's size, I know that Windows will not format it FAT32 (which is the format you need it to be in for both OSes to read and write to it) in one drive as Microsoft has limited FAT32 formatting to only 32Gb, but can read FAT32 drives of almost any size. The Mac can format MS-DOS (FAT), but I have not had the greatest luck in formatting large drives with it. The Mac will see and read/write just fine, but many times, Windows will not see the drive. I know that most drive makers do have a utility that runs under Windows (some even have Mac ones) and will format it for you in FAT32. There is one downside though, you will not be able to have a file greater then 4Gb in size due to a limitation is the structure of the FAT32 data table
It depends on why you are formatting the drive? Getting rid of it or just "starting over"?
If you are just "starting over" you can try downloading one of the Disk Utility applications that Maxtor has (Seagate bought Maxtor so it's on the Seagate website - http://www.seagate.com) - I believe the "SeaTools" utility might have an option to format the drive - not sure if SeaTools is specific to Seagate drives or if there is a different app you'll need for a Maxtor. I'm not a Mac person but there also might be a way to format the drive from the Mac OS.
If you are getting rid of or recycling the drive and want to make sure that there is absolutely nothing left on the drive you can do 1 of 3 things:
Look for a utility that will do a "low-level" format of the drive. SeaTools from Seagate (or a Maxtor-specific app if required)
Use a "data shredding" application that not only deletes the data but also overwrites the sectors with zeroes.
Get a really big magnet and rub it against the hard drive 5 or 6 times (no joke).
I have one as well running along with a PC. PCs and Macs are formatted differently. Go to www.maxtor.com and create a search for reformatting from a Mac to a PC with your Operating System in the search as well. Should have no problems after doing that. It will tell you and or show you where and how to reformat.
Is it formatted in NTFS? OSX will read most formats but cannot write to NTFS.
I would suggest that you copy all your files from the drive on to the Mac then use disk utility to reformat the drive in the native Mac format and then copy everything back again.
You may find that once formatted, Time machine will pop up and ask if you want to use the drive as your time-machine back-up. If the drive is the same size as the Mac's drive (or smaller) I would say NO and get a larger drive to use for TM.
If you need to connect the drive to a windows machine at all then don't use the native format (HFS+), use FAT instead. The mac can work with that (although it will probably mess up your files names).
First, because they came from the Lacie external drive, they were raided to look like a single drive. To format them inside your computer. You have to go into computer management to initialize each drive at a time and format them by right clicking on the drive and format
I had a similar issue with my Maxtor Basics portable 500GB drive. I hadn't formatted mine yet, but had heard there were issues, so decided to find out before I start. I even saw your post here looking for an answer. Finally, one of my friends told me the following solution, which worked fine for me:
Don't format the drive as any of the Mac OS Extended options, simply reformat it as MS-DOS (it should be one of the options in Disk Utilities when you choose Erase and go to the Volume Format dropdown list).
Your Mac should be able to recognise and use the drive in this format and it works for PCs. Transferring files between the two shouldn't be a problem.
A thing to note, though, is that these Maxtor drives apparently come ready-formatted as MS-DOS (mine did). But while my Mac recognised the drive, I couldn't copy files on to it. If this happens, erase this MS-DOS formatting with... MS-DOS. Don't ask me why this works, I'm not a Mac Genius, but now my Maxtor is trouble-free and can transfer files from PC to Mac and back again.
To isolate the problem, please try the steps below:
1. Make sure that the USB ports of your PC are working. 2. Try to connect the device into different USB ports. 3. Try to connect it into different Windows based computer.
Question: Did you reformat this device using your Mac? If yes, there could be a possibility that the device was reformatted using the Mac OSX (Journaled). This type of format would only recognized by Mac computers.
But if it's formatted using the DOS based system, it would work on both Mac and PC.