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Did you already format the passport drive?

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Since iPods are basically big hard drives with special software and a screen, the hard drive in your iPod needs to be formatted.
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Since iPods are basically big hard drives with special software and a screen, the hard drive in your iPod needs to be formatted.
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When you have the hard drive connect to the Mac, right click on it's icon and select Get Info. Look in the window that pops up and see what is listed next to Formatting. It it says NTFS, then the Mac can't write to it. Being it is a large drive, that you have been using on a Windows PC, I'm 99% sure it is NTFS. In order for the Mac to write to it, you will have to erase and reformat the drive. If you will only now be using it on the Mac, then you can format it Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Just remember, that by doing so Windows now will not be able to read or write to the disk. If you do need it to work with both platforms, you will need to see if Maxtor has a utility to do the formatting. Because of it's size, I know that Windows will not format it FAT32 (which is the format you need it to be in for both OSes to read and write to it) in one drive as Microsoft has limited FAT32 formatting to only 32Gb, but can read FAT32 drives of almost any size. The Mac can format MS-DOS (FAT), but I have not had the greatest luck in formatting large drives with it. The Mac will see and read/write just fine, but many times, Windows will not see the drive. I know that most drive makers do have a utility that runs under Windows (some even have Mac ones) and will format it for you in FAT32. There is one downside though, you will not be able to have a file greater then 4Gb in size due to a limitation is the structure of the FAT32 data table

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