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Re: going from dell ms os to apple mac
In applications find a folder called Utilities, in there find and select disk utility connect the simple drive and when it shows up in the left side of the window select it and there will an option to formatt it
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Hi, I presume that in the box where they came packed it says "Mac compatible" since every HD nowadays is. They are not recognized probably because you did not format them. Warning: The following instructions will ERASE ALL of the Disk's contents.
Do the following:
Plug the Disk into the computer.
Open "Disk Utility" app in your Mac (it is a built-in app, already on your Mac).
Big disks like that may take several seconds to initiate, be sure to wait for it to pop up in "Disk Utility's" left device list.
Select the disk in the left panel (device list) and then, on the right, select "Partition" tab.
In "Volume Scheme" select 1 Partition (or the number of partitions you wish if you understand the concept of a partition).
In "Volume Information" give the name to your disk/partition and select it's format (If you're going to be switching the disk between Mac and Windows select MS-DOS (FAT), if only Mac choose Mac OS extended). Warning: MS-DOS is an old primitive filing system so you will not be able to have single files with more than 4 GB on the disk, like an HD Blue-Ray movie.
Select Apply, done.
If you couldn't see the disk in "Disk Utility" then your USB ports may not be fast enough, in this case you may have a cable with 2 USB ports that go in the computer and both connect simultaneously the disk to provide more speed. If you don't I can't help you more with the information i've got.
Apple will recognize a FAT 32 format. Connect the drive to another machine - a PC. Copy your data to this computer, format the drive to FAT32, copy your data back and it chould be accessable to the MAC system again.
Connect it to your Mac and open Disk Utility. Find the disk in the left pane of the Disk Utility window, click on it, then click the Erase tab in the right pane. Choose your format, then click the Erase button. If the disk does not appear in the left pane or is grayed out, click the Erase or Partition tab first, then select the disk.
Note: the "MS-DOS" format is the FAT-32 filing system. You will have to partition the volume (Partition tab) to use it since FAT-32 cannot cover the entire drive in one partition (I think it is limited to 80 GB). Microsoft won't let Apple use an NTFS volume for Write operations, but FAT-32 can be read and written by both Mac and Windows systems. If you think you may want to use the drive to share files with the PC, make two partitions - one formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and a smaller one formatted as FAT-32.
the problem is that your lacie drive operates using the NTFS (New Technology File System)
under USB which is the standard file system of Windows. Apple mac is
not interopable with native NTFS therefore you need to install a read-write NTFS file-system driver on your mac if you wish to use it via the USB connection.
an excellent free mac NTFS driver can be found here- http://mac.softpedia.com/get/System-Utilities/NTFS-3G.shtml
download and install the software then restart your mac.
Your device has been formatted to the PC format and the MAC doesn't recognize the extension. From the Simple Tech site (troubleshooting): If I wanted to use the portable drive on a MAC
"and" a PC, what is needed?
For use on a MAC and PC you will need to re-format
the drive to be compatible. You can do this by going to disk utilities
and selecting "the drive" (not the untitled volume). You will then
select "erase" from the top of the screen. The process will allow you to
select a format option. You should choose "MS-DOS File System". Then
select the "erase" from the bottom of the screen.
Once the process is complete, you will have an
additional folder on your desktop that is the SimpleDrive. You can copy
and paste or drag and drop file to it. If during the first pass you are
unable to change the volume format option, please repeat all steps and
it should allow you to select this on the second try.
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:
Don't format the drive as any of the Mac OS Extended options, simply reformat it as MS-DOS (it should be one of the options in Disk Utilities when you choose Erase and go to the Volume Format dropdown list).
Your Mac should be able to recognise and use the drive in this format and it works for PCs. Transferring files between the two shouldn't be a problem.
A thing to note, though, is that these Maxtor drives apparently come ready-formatted as MS-DOS (mine did). But while my Mac recognised the drive, I couldn't copy files on to it. If this happens, erase this MS-DOS formatting with... MS-DOS. Don't ask me why this works, I'm not a Mac Genius, but now my Maxtor is trouble-free and can transfer files from PC to Mac and back again.
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. FAT32FAT32 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. NTFSNTFS 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.
You did not mention which Windows or Mac version you are running, but "in the good old days", all I did was to format the drive either as FAT32 (in Windows) or as MS-DOS (in Mac). Keep
volume/folder file names following Windows naming rules. Don't erase
any of the invisible files that will be visible on the opposite system
when running. MP3's will write/read fine for both OS.
Click on the drive once so it is highlighted. then choose GET INFO or press APPLE key plus the I key ( APPLE + I ) hold those 2 keys down and you will get a small dialog box with the drives information. Notice to see if the drive is locked ( which with a user password ) you can deselect, or see if the drive is formatted MS-DOS. If the drive is formatted NTFS, you should be abled to copy from but not copy to. YOu may need to copy the entire drive to a OS extended or MS-DOS formatted drive.