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Re-partition external HD for windows and mac

I have a maxtor onetouch III 80 gig external HD and right now it is set up to run with mac os,  how do i re=partition it to run with mac and windows xp

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Re: re-partition external HD for windows and mac

Back up all the data on the disk to your Mac. Plug the disk into your Windows computer and format it with a FAT32 filesystem. Both Mac and Windows can use FAT32. Do not format as NTFS.

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Windows Vista does not show drive letter for Maxtor One Touch III Mini.

If this is a NEW drive you will have to set it up first to be used.

Under control panel you will find an icon called "Administrative tools" Under that you will find another option called "computer management", Here you will find another option called, "Disk Management"
This is where you should be able to see the drive. You will need to partition it and format it.. Once you do that it will automatically be assigned a drive letter.
Just right click on it for the partition and format options. Keep the default size options unless you really want them to be different.

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Maxtor OneTouch III Mini not appearing on MacBook Pro

Hi Lois,
If your Maxtor appears in Disk Utility but the disk volume is not displayed, it's possible that the partition on the disk has been deleted for some reason. If that's the case, you will have to use a disk partitioning utility to create a new partition and then format the hard drive.
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Does it give you an error message ? Are you running Windows XP or Vista? If so post it here so the problem can be further narrowed down.
You might want to try a chkdsk.

In Windows XP and Vista both, a shortcut to get to the command console is holding the Windows Key and pressing R.

in the command console, type:
chkdsk X: /f /r

Where X is the drive letter of the drive giving you problems.

This will run a chkdsk on your external, restoring files and folders that cannot be accessed.

I also have a Maxtor External hard drive and have to do this quite often. It's pretty frustrating.

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Need drivers for a Maxtor 80GB Onetouch III Mini edition

I have a Maxtor Ext HD myself. Maxtor has a website. Try or Google it and you will find their web site. Then search for your HD and do a search for the download of the drivers needed for your HD

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From apple to windows

You did not mention which Windows or Mac version you are running, but "in the good old days", all I did was to format the drive either as FAT32 (in Windows) or as MS-DOS (in Mac).
Keep volume/folder file names following Windows naming rules.
Don't erase any of the invisible files that will be visible on the opposite system when running. MP3's will write/read fine for both OS.

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Hi, You can try: 1. Open your "My Computer" and determine which of your HDs is the Maxtor III, say "E" or "F"; 2. Right click on the Maxtor III; 3. Click on "Format"; 4. On the File System, select FAT 32; 5. Click on "Start" Of course formatting your HD will delete its content. Alternately, you can: a. Open a command prompt window (type "cmd" in "Run"; b. type "format E: /fs:FAT32" assuming your PC assigned the drive letter "E" to the Maxtor III; c. hit "Enter" If for some reason this will not work, you may have to likewise delete the partition first. A handy 3rd party utility for the partition/format of a hard disk is Partition Magic. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turns out or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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