Question about Maxtor Hard Drive

1 Answer

How do i change the format from mac to vista - Maxtor Hard Drive

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 621 Answers

You will need to boot from Vista DVD then choose custom install. Now when prompted delete the partition and format it and Vista should load no problems. Please dont forget to vote

Posted on Jul 15, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

After copying 3.4 Gbyte or about 600 jpeg's to my Imation flashdrive 2.0 (4Gbyte) using my Apple Mac OS 10.5.8, I formally ejected the drive and inserted it into our Vista Windows machine. The Vista...

Plug the flash drive into the windows PC first and open "Computer". Find the drive and format it to Fat32 or NTFS. Now plug it into the mac and copy the pictures too it. Now your Windows computer should see the files. Mac will default to making the flash drive use HFS+ filesystem. Windows doesn't recognize this format at all. Mac will see fat32 and ntfs just fine though.

Aug 28, 2011 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

I hace dual boot on a drive xp and vista 32 bits. i get correcr maaac address in xp but mac address in vista is different. i have LAN internet connection. therefore i cannot get connected to internet in...

MAC address need not be changed to connect to internet, unless the cable modem you have is configured in such a way that it only connects to a particular MAC address.

The solution is to change the settings in the cable modem or the router you have.

Please specify the following details
1. if you have windows click on start and click on run(for xp) and type cmd and hit enter
2. type ipconfig and hit enter
3. Find out what is the IP address specified there it should be in the format - 192.x.x.x
4. Note down the address against default gateway

Do the same thing for both the computer and then let us know so that we can narrow down the issue and suggest a better solution

Feb 04, 2011 | 3Com : 32-bit 10/100 LAN CardBus PC Card,...

1 Answer

Unable to write , only read ????

This is probably formatted with NTFS, the hard drive format used by Vista and now Windows 7.

Mac's OS can't write to NTFS but it can read it. I assume the data is important, so try another PC to transfer to another hard MAC hard drive then port that into your Mac or You can try to down convert it to FAT if you are proficient with utilities.

Mar 28, 2010 | SimpleTech Signature Mini 250GB External...

1 Answer

I am using the storejet with a mac, and would like to transfer some video files to a pc running vista. The computer running vista recognizes there is new hardware, but the drive does not show up on the...

When you want to exchange data between MAC and a PC the the storage device/flash drive must be formatted in FAT32 by the PC.
The MAC can read and copy FAT32 PC files, but if you format the storage device/flash drive that has been formated with the MAC, then only the MAC can read/write to this drive.

Dec 16, 2009 | Transcend StoreJet 2.5 (TS120GSJ25T) 120...

1 Answer

Memory card reads full but there is nothing on it. i have formatted it multiple times and it still reads full and it is brand new how can i fix this problem?

Check if your PC has virus/spyware. Run malwarebytes. Check from Disk Management, and format from there, change the file system for NTFS/XFAT (Vista). Check if its a product is 1st formated in MAC, and you are using on Windows. If this is the senario then you need to format it using mac again. Most cases its a spyware/virus. Else take it back to store and get it formated, or they will replace it. :)


Oct 11, 2009 | PNY 2GB microSD Memory Card

1 Answer

Same problem...

yes .... mac file system is different from a pc. i'd suggest ntfs as the choice of file system to format it. i believe that is the default choice with vista


Sep 02, 2009 | LaCie (300728U) 250 GB Hard Drive

3 Answers

Harddrive problem

It is because it is formatted for a MAC, it is not a compatible file system with windows. The only way to see the drive is to have your friend burn to dvd or have a large jumpdrive to put files on. The HDD will need to be formatted for NTFS or FAT to have your Vista machine recognize. That would of course erase whatever is on the drive now.

Hope this Helps,

Apr 27, 2009 | Iomega 1TB Desktop USB 2.0 Hard Drive

1 Answer

How can i get get WD "my book" hd to also work with windows

Some solutions possible:
(Optional: - First split the video in chunks <2GB to make them more compatible with older filesystems and networking technologies)
A) Copy the file over the network (e.g. using Windows Sharing on the Mac, or using File and Printer Sharing on Vista)
B) Try to do it via the MyBook.  This means the Mac must be able to write something and Vista must be able to read it.  You say you've "set up" the MyBook "for my macbook pro".  How did you format it?  What filesystem?  Mac OS Extended (HFS+) with Journaling?  In general, you need to install something on Vista to read the Mac's filesystem format (HFS+), or on the Mac to write a Windows format (probably best to use NTFS).  Examples of software like that are:    (Win) MacDisk <>, MacDrive <>    (Mac) MacFUSE with NTFS-3G <>       or Paragon NTFS <>
B2) If you've formatted the MyBook as FAT32, you're lucky.  Just split the movie file in chunks <2GB, copy them to the MyBook, copy them from the MyBook in Vista and join the chunks again.
(for splitting you can use e.g. HJSplit and its compatibles <>) (also check e.g. "NTFS on your Mac two ways" <> for an alternative explanation.)

Jan 29, 2009 | Western Digital MY BOOK HOME 1TB EXT...

2 Answers


Many Verbatim hard drive models with a FireWire interface come “Mac formatted” – pre-formatted for immediate use with Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS. They are formatted as HFS+, the preferred format when using the drive exclusively with Mac OS computers.
Note: A Mac-formatted drive will not mount on a Windows PC.
If you plan to use a Mac-formatted hard drive only with computers running Mac OS, you can leave it formatted as it comes from the factory. However, if you plan to use your hard drive with computers running Windows, or with both Mac OS and Windows computers, you should reformat your Verbatim hard drive before saving data to it. Generally, for use with both Mac OS and Windows you should format to FAT32, and for use strictly with Windows you should format to NTFS. More information about these two format types is given below.
FAT32 FAT32 is compatible with the following Windows operating systems: Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista. FAT32 can also be read by Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS.
Limitations: Maximum file size is limited to 4TB. Furthermore, using the formatting tools included with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista users will not be able to create partition sizes larger than 32GB (though they can access these larger partitions). This limitation does not apply to other supported operating systems. Furthermore, Verbatim provides a FAT32 format utility (see further below for download instructions) that eliminates the 32GB partition limitation.
FAT32 is a good choice if you’ll be using your Verbatim hard drive with older computers running Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, or Windows Me, or if you’ll be using it with both Windows and Mac OS computers.
NTFS NTFS is compatible with the following Windows operating systems: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. NTFS usually results in higher performance than FAT32, and will permit users to create partition sizes larger than 32GB, and file sizes larger than 4TB.
Limitations: NTFS is not compatible with Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, or Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS.
NTFS is a good choice if you will be using your Verbatim hard drive only with one or more computers running Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows Vista. This is also a good choice if you plan to store files larger than 4TB, such as digital video files.


Good Luck

Oct 20, 2008 | SimpleTech SimpleDrive Portable USB 2.0...

5 Answers

FreeAgent Drive is Read Only on Mac OS X

OK, after having read through these responses and having tried some different things, I wanted to post what worked for me, because there seems to be some confusion here. First of all, I took the route of trying the ntfs-3g driver. I downloaded it and looked at the directions for a Mac. I have only had my Mac for a little over a year and working with Fink or whatever was not user friendly, so I looked elsewhere. It turns out that Mac does INDEED do Fat32. As one of the other sites that I read says, it is not really very clearly done, but if you use the Mac disk utility application (it comes with Mac OS - I am using 10.5), then you can reformat the disk. It says "MS-DOS (FAT)" for creating the partition, but if it is a large partition, then it will automatically use FAT-32. So I have just formatted my 1.5 TB Free Agent drive with that and copied a .DOC and .PDF file onto the drive. It works fine on the Mac. Then I take it over to my Windows Vista machine, plug it in, and Windows Vista recognizes it, opens the Doc file in Word, the PDF in Adobe Acrobat, and it sees all of the disk space on the drive (after formatting, it says it is actually a little over 1.3 GB - Western Digital stretches it a bit by calling it 1.5 GB). Anyway, the bottom line is that it seems to work like a charm. One caveat is that apparently formatting such a disk with Windows Vista is limited to 32 GB partitions (see MS docs here - However, that seems to be arbitrary and set by Microsoft and is not a technical limitation of the FAT32 technology. So that is how it worked for me.

Jan 04, 2008 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Maxtor Hard Drive Logo

Related Topics:

27 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Maxtor Computers & Internet Experts

Computer Links

Level 3 Expert

2385 Answers

Rick Arnold

Level 2 Expert

63 Answers


Level 2 Expert

81 Answers

Are you a Maxtor Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides