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I need to reformat a formac mini disk for a mac which has already been formatted for a PC.

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Just put in a mac and tell it to erase the disk in the disk utility section of the mac

should be quite simple

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If you are reformatting the disk on a Mac, then open the Disk Utility, then click reformat, and choose the format FAT32. If you have it connected to your PC, go to my computer, right click and select reformat, then choose FAT32.

DISCLAIMER: REFORMATTING AND/OR FORMATTING WILL ERASE EVERYTHING THAT IS ON THE HARD DRIVE. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT BACKED UP.

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You format the drive using disk utility which can be found by opeing up the applications folder and then the utilities folder. Open up disk utility and then on the left hand side select your hard drive, then select erase from the right. For Mac formatting under Volume Format select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" then name the drive and then click "Erase..." For PC formatting under the Volume Format select "MS-DOS (Fat)" Remember reformatting will wipe any information from the drive.

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Looks like you may not be in luck.
I found this on a forum.....
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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To isolate the problem, please try the steps below:

1. Make sure that the USB ports of your PC are working.
2. Try to connect the device into different USB ports.
3. Try to connect it into different Windows based computer.

Question: Did you reformat this device using your Mac? If yes, there could be a possibility that the device was reformatted using the Mac OSX (Journaled). This type of format would only recognized by Mac computers.

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Hi, Bought a formac mini disc , ( no external power source ) picks up power via eBay port ( green light on formac mini disc shows lit ) Refuses to register on my computer. Help, thanks, Peter


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It may not be mounting/showing up because it's not formatted -- the computer may be seeing it, but it's not capable of reading it, or there's a problem.

This runs off USB, not eBay, ports -- and, as you say, does not need an external power supply.

If you're on Windows XP or Windows Vista, you'll typically want to reformat to "NTFS" ... the default specifications, if you're given an option, will work fine.

Some documentation is here:
http://www.formac.com/webapp/support_enduser_faq_detail.php?faqID=72

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Reformatting.


hi there,
you can Format your drive on a Windows machine as "FAT32" and it will be usable both under Mac OS X and Windows. the only thing to make note of is there are some limitations on the FAT32 format, like the 4GB filesize limit and certain naming restrictions.

You can reformat your drive by opening Disk Utility and then reformatting it using that application. in Mac OS X

- In Disk Utility, select the disk.
- Click Erase.
- Choose format from the Volume Format pop-up menu
(select the windows based format).
- Type a name for the disk or volume.
- Click Erase.
- You can use the drive on both the mac and a PC by choosing MS-DOS from the Disk Utility application when you're about to reformat.

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