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Format iomega hard drive for mac after PC use?

Hey - I've been using an iOmega external hard drive (LPHD-UP - says 320.07 GB) with my PC successfully but can't get it to work with my new macbook pro. I googled around and tried reformatting it but now it's gone from read-only to telling me "the disk [I] inserted was not recognized by the computer." It gives me an option to initialize but all the first aid etc buttons are greyed out and I have no real restoration options. Can someone help me figure this out? My operating system is Mac OS x v. 10.6.3.

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    jenni bennett Apr 27, 2010

    thanks so much! worked like a charm.

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Hi.

I assume you formatted the drive using the OS X Disk Utility from applications/utilities/.

Format the disk again, ensuring that you are choosing "Mac X Extended Journaled " in the Volume Format option, then proceed to erase.

If the Mac still does not read the disk, then the disk itself or the partition is corrupted.

If you have a PC at hand, you can also test the drive on the PC. If the drive is formatted to FAT32 (not NTFS), it will be possible to use the drive on both PC and Mac.

For testing purpose try the drive on both PC and Mac (if possible). If Mac extended partition does not work, test using FAT32, it is slightly slower mounting on Mac, but it works on both.

If the IOMega does not work on either Mac or PC, you can get the disk replaced in case the unit is less than one year old. In that case contact IOMega.

Regards.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

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