Get onto the net ,--go to " dban.org' download the program and use it ,will erase the whole disc,another good one is go to pc world.com ,download secure eraser , use it this one,as is easier to use as, no floppy involved.good luck
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Firstly this is an easy less painful way to do this and it works 99% of the time.
Secondly if you do not know how to do this - DON'T, it can be an expensive screw up if you do not know what you're doing !!!
Thirdly we are going to slave your hard drive to another PC so we can format the drive. If you are unsure about how to slave the drive to another PC - DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS, GET A PROFESSIONAL TO HELP YOU.
Remove the left & right sides of your tower by removing the four screws at the back along the side of the panel
( all screws shown as red circles with lines in them ) The yellow circle highlights where the hard drive came from and there should be screws on both sides ( we hope )
This image shows the side panel off with the hard drive partially removed.
Pay attention to what goes where ( you will need to remember this later ) - Label the leads if needed.
Carefully unplug the leads from the back of the hard drive.
Now here is the important part, if you don't know how to set your drive as a slave - GET SOMEONE WHO CAN !!!
Pop your hard drive in another PC - by reversing the above process, and connecting the leads to your hard drive.
Now power up the PC with your hard drive in it and click the following...
Start ( bottom left hand corner of your screen )
My Computer ( opens up the panel of drives on the PC )
Right Click the Hard Drive you slaved to the PC
( you may want to check this is actually your drive, it will most likely show up as D - Drive or some other letter of the alphabet, and the main hard drive will show up as C ( easiest way to tell them apart is the icons are the same, one will be Labeled C and yours will be labeled D or some other letter.
When you are 200% sure this is your drive, right click on it and go down to FORMAT - this will wipe the entire drive clean - so double check this is the drive you want to format, you only get one shot at this, once it's gone, it's pretty much gone forever.
The format will take a reasonable amount of time, depending on what is on the drive ( how much space has been used ) but simply let the format run until it says completed.
Power down the PC, remove the hard drive - reset the pins from slave back to normal - and pop it back in your PC.
There are other ways of doing this, but i feel this is the most painless way.
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if your computer came with a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x right click to reinstall drivers or if you can see your usb but its not working ports(com&lpt)right click update driver just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable, check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problemshope this helps
congratulations on switching to mac!plug the external hard drive back into the PC, and copy the photo's to the PC, now plug it into your mac and go to applications-utilities-disc utility,
the external drive should be listed on the left,click on the erase tab, at the volume format select "ms-dos file system", then click the erase button, this will erase everything on the drive and set it up so your mac can use it (but its ok because you moved all your pictures to the PC) now you can go back to the PC and copy the pictures on the external drive and it will work with your mac.
the soft ware that comes with it will also be erased, as it is a windows based identification,seagate free agent has mac utilities on its site, try to find out on www.seagate.com. you will find one for mac format and mac installation .
I'll go ahead and assume that you're using Iomega's home media network drive. That model has a built in USB 2.0 port, so you should be able to connect one of the Macs to the hard drive physically. OSX should recognize the hard drive and allow you to format it. If you are unable to physically access the drive (i.e., it's in a closet, wall, server mount) you may be able to still connect to the built in server on the drive and format it from there. I would recommend the physical method first though.