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Am trying to mount a seagate expansion on my mac but when I go into disc utility to erase the file formatting and replace it with mac Compatilibity I get an error message. Can anybody offer advice as to how to solve this problem. After one go at re-formatting it the hard drive no longer even registers on my computer. Am using a new Mac Powerbook with Mac os X. Any help much appreciated.

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The jumper on the back of the drive is probably in the wrong spot. Look at where the jumper is on your current drive. I ran into this working the other way, taking a mac drive & formatting for windows. Had to remove the jumper completely & then it was seen as a normal drive. Mac setup is alot different then just tossing a drive in. For personal assistance I reccomend you to my Mac guy,Kevin. Email; him at shox88@hotmail.com , I'm positive he can get you straight quick. Just tell him Pete sent ya.

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How do I format for a Mac?


1. Open Disk Utility
Applications > Utilities > Disk Utilities
2. Select the Se agate drive on the left.

3. Select Erase which opens the following window.

4. Rename the drive
5. Select OS X Extended (Journaled) for Format
6. Select GUID Partition Map for Scheme
Warning: Formatting the drive will erase all data on the drive, so you should copy any data you want off the drive prior to formatting.
7. Select Erase again.
8. Disk Utility will start formatting the drive.
9. Once complete, click done.

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connect your seagate drive to the mac.go to spotlight the magify glass at the top right corner and type in disk utility and select disk utility
in disk utility make sure you select the seagate hard drive and choose erase. at the middle of the screen look for format and choose mac os extended. click erase.
you should now be able to write files to your seagate drive.
also if you would like be able to transfer files to and from a mac or PC then you will need to format the drive as FAT.

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The MAC is not recognizing HDD because it may not be in FAT or MAC OS X Journeled Format.
Please Follow below steps to Reformat the HDD to make it Compatible with MAC.

1. Connect the HDD.
2. Open Disk Utility from Applications -> Utilities
3. On left side of Disk Utility you'll find your HDD.
4. Click on HDD and select the Format TAB.
5. Reformat the HDD in Mac OSX Journeled Format.
6. Click Apply.
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I have a powerbook G4 and just purchased a Seagate 500 GB external hard drive and i can not drag and drop do i need to format something or what ?


Yes.
You should use the Disc Utility in Macintosh >Hard Drive> Applications>Utilities>Disc Utility to format the new externql to Mac OS Extended Journalrd or non-Journaled is fine.
For video applications I prefer non-Journaled.

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If the drive is formatted with NTFS (the format used by recent Windows operating systems), then you won't be able to write to that file system.

What you will need to do is reformat the drive to HFS or FAT32.

If you will be moving the drive between a Windows and a Mac, then you'll have to format with FAT32. If you will only be using the drive on your Mac or other Macs, then format the drive with HFS.
NOTE: unless you copy the existing files off of the drive first, you will lose all data on the drive.
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  • Unmount the Seagate hard drive
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If you are planning to use the Seagate Hard Drive on a PC and MAC better format it on your MAC Computer thru disc Utility and choose MS-DOS. This should solve the problem.

Mac has the ability to recognize a FAT, NTFS and MAC File System for the hard drive but the PC Computer cannot recognize MAC File System.

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MAC OS Extended
MAC OS Extended (Journaled)

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Also formating it with the use of PC will only result in an NTFS File System, and it can be read by Mac but it is only in a Read Only mode. You cannot copy paste or even erase on the drive having an NTFS on a MAC.


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