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Lacie Drive Locked

I took my Lacie drive over to a studio to get some files and when they tried to put data on it, they called me and said the drive was locked. How can I can I get unlocked? Also I took Lacie drive used on a mac, can I use it on a PC without reformatting it?

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If your drive was used in the Mac OS environment, it is quite possibly for the drive (depending on ownership) to be locked. Unlocking the drive, is achieved by clicking on the drive once, then going to the top of the FINDER menu and selecting FILE, and on the drop down menu select GET INFO. You can also arrive at this by pressing both the APPLE and letter I key after the drive has been clicked on once to select it. At the bottom of the info column, you will see OWNERSHIP & PERMISSIONS. By pressing the drop down triangle, you will see a second dropdown triangle at DETAILS. Selecting the DETAILS dropdown will allow you to see the padlock, from where selecting that (and knowing a password if there is one-to the drive or user account on the Macintosh being utilized) should unlock the drive and give you further security options. As far as utilizing an external harddrive on both platforms, networking ofcourse works if the drive is stationary. A few other options I could mention would be looking into a solution called MAC DRIVE, a retail software which allows a drive to be read from and written to both platforms, with no issues or having to reformat. Another, is if your computer supports PARALLELS, you can run dual OS and access the drive on both sides that way, depending on how the drive is formatted. Hope this works.

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By locked, the studio probably is trying to read your mac hard drive on a PC. There isn't a format that you can share between both mac and PC, however, there are a few utilities out there that claim to allow reading of each other's formats. If it helps, I would network the mac and PC and share the drive from the mac across the network. Then, both could write to the drive.

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