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Erase and reformat to be compatible with new mac

How do I erase everything off my maxtor one touch and prepare it to use with a new mac osx leaopard intel computer?

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  • cmnichol Jan 12, 2009

    I have a Maxtor External Hard drive that was originally formatted for a PC and has been buggy when I use it with my new mac. I want to erase and reformat it for mac, but the permissions say "read only". How do I get around this?


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Think I might have solved it myself. Here's how:

Open Disk Utilities and select the external hard drive. Select the "Erase" tab. Hit "Erase" at the bottom right.

That's all. Just dragged a folder onto it and it worked.

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If the Mac install process fails for some reason, it may be because the drive was previously installed on a Windows machine, and you may have to simply treat it as a "raw" new drive, and reformat it using the Mac operating system utilities.

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Is it formatted in NTFS? OSX will read most formats but cannot write to NTFS.
I would suggest that you copy all your files from the drive on to the Mac then use disk utility to reformat the drive in the native Mac format and then copy everything back again.
You may find that once formatted, Time machine will pop up and ask if you want to use the drive as your time-machine back-up. If the drive is the same size as the Mac's drive (or smaller) I would say NO and get a larger drive to use for TM.
If you need to connect the drive to a windows machine at all then don't use the native format (HFS+), use FAT instead. The mac can work with that (although it will probably mess up your files names).

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I had a similar issue with my Maxtor Basics portable 500GB drive. I hadn't formatted mine yet, but had heard there were issues, so decided to find out before I start. I even saw your post here looking for an answer. Finally, one of my friends told me the following solution, which worked fine for me:

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