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I am trying to reformat my 120GB FreeAgent Go USB for use with a Mac G4 450MHz using my OSX Disk Utility. It is trying to partition the disk, but it seems unable to complete. What do you think I should do? The computer has been running for at least 12 hours.

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  • raemiller Apr 29, 2008

    #1 is too complicated.
    #2 I am already stuck in a formatting procedure.

    This solution did not include which hard drive to erase.

  • raemiller Apr 29, 2008

    No, I did not erase the disk. Should I have erased the FreeAgent Go disk? Now what should I
    do?

  • raemiller Apr 29, 2008

    this was no help. It is the IU site, and I am not eligible to use it.

    Also, I am using a Mac, not a PC

  • raemiller Apr 29, 2008

    My computer is still running, and Disk Utility is still trying to partition the FreeAgent Go disk. Can I just quit Disk Utility and return the FreeAgent Go drive to the store where I bought it?
    If I need to start over and erase the FreeAgent disk, can I quit Disk Utility and start over?

  • raemiller Apr 30, 2008

    10.3.9

  • raemiller Apr 30, 2008

    How do I disconnect the FreeAgentGo USB from my computer? Just quit Disk Utility, shut down the computer and take the FreeAgent Go back to the store, telling them that they need to make it work on my computer?

  • raemiller Apr 30, 2008

    So what should I do now?

  • raemiller Apr 30, 2008

    I am using OSX 10.9.3, not windows vista

  • raemiller May 01, 2008

    I am not getting any help here! My computer has been running for three days, and the partition of the external drive cannot get completed. It is still formatting! Do I simply eject the drive icon from my computer, or WHAT?

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Try quitting the disk utility and unplug the device when safe to do so. If you find that you are unable to quit the utility, power down the computer and unplug the device. As one of my colleagues suggested, take it back to the point of purchase and get them to either format it for a Mac, or get a replacement and have them format it for you. Check if it works first, before you accept it.

Formatting the drive should never take 3 days! Unless there is a problem with the disk, in which case, it will have to be replaced.

Hope that helps.

Cheers!
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Hi there
which version of osx you running ?

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Its possible the disk is faulty if its takeing too long to format the drive. It shouldnt take too long (1 hour tops)

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    Yeah it clearly is a hardware side problem.

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Hi,

with the indulgence of maklean.....

You might find these informative:
1. How to partition and format an external hard drive for Mac OS X;
2. Format an external hard drive on a Mac OS X computer.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Apr 30, 2008

    Hi again,

    Appreciate the postbacks and additional information.

    Offhand your best bet would be to return the 120GB FreeAgent Go USB as it would appear to have some issues as others have posted. You should not have problems like these especially with a relatively new product.

    Might I suggest that when returning the product to your dealer, require that it be partitioned/formatted and be made ready for a Mac comp. Pls require them to show you that it is indeed operational as attached to a similar computer.

    Cheers.

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    Louie Role May 01, 2008

    I'm sorry, but with so many other experts trying to help you I was afraid that you would get swamped with too much information.

    Yes, pls, disconnect and power down. If it will not unmount/disconnect, still power down and physically removed the USB connection. If it will not power down, unplug. Pls make sure all other applications are closed.

    Again my apologies for the delay.

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Friend have a look on following link
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I think it will help you.

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Here's a step-by-step guide


Here's one solution another user used


Did you erase the disk before trying to format it?

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    Georgia B Apr 29, 2008

    You have to erase the disk while in the OS to make it Apple or Mac compatible.

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    Georgia B Apr 29, 2008

    You should erase the disk that you are trying to format.

  • Georgia B
    Georgia B Apr 29, 2008

    Yes, start over.

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