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Have Macbook and 500gb maxtor basic external drive. It says compatable on box , icon shows on desktop but instructions say reformat thru disk utillity, but dont know how.

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Check the years the units were manufacture, if they were made a yr or 2 apart the unit might not be compatible. Give apple a call and make sure there unitis compatible with this drive, u may need a special device drive to communicate between the 2 devices

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TRY THIS:

Right click on My Computer Icon on desktop.
Select Manage
Double-click on storage on right side window.
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Should see your hard drive listed. Right Click on it and select format. Make sure you select right drive to format as is erases all data.

After formatting close window and see if it is listed in explorer.



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My maxtor hard drive is only 465gb. on the box it said 500. have i been ripped?


Can you give me the model number so i can confirm it for you.
the basic is Hard drive manufactures calculate 1000MB=1GB
but windows calculate 1024=1GB in that case windows show you less amount, its the technical way to arranging the FAT table. most of the time you may not been ripped, if you can give me the model number i can confirm.

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