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New hard drive not recognized on mac pro

I am trying to replace a hard drive a seagate 500gig sata on a mac pro. The startup from disk command is holding down C to boot from cd drive. It doesn't. It defaults to the windows xp partition instead. Bootcamp doesn't help either. What do i need to do since all info is saved on external wd (time machine). I really appreciate any insight to steps needed. thanx

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OK what you could do is connect up that drive to a PC and format it with NTFS, & then put it on the Apple, it should then "See" the drive.Then you can work on it via the Apple.

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