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    external hard drive, help@
    I had a spare hard drive lying around formatted with the NTFS files system. I bought an external hard drive enclosure.

    I hooked it up to my powerbook and the computer saw its, and formatted it to the mac file system.

    I took the drive and hooked it up to my PC. and i couldnt see it on the PC, so i had to format the HD back to NTFS, but i did an NTFS quick format. so i brought the HD back to my laptop and the drive trys to start spinning but it stops and trys again and my powerbook cant see it. although when i plug it in, the CPU works harder, so i know something is going on.

    I took the drive back out and plug it into my PC via IDE cable. And the computer sees it, all is well, but when i put it in the external hard drive enclosure it tries starting up again and no luck.
    I put a different drive in it, and the enclosure works just fine, except with my spare drive


    what do i do?

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    i updated it, any takers?

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    Not exactly what you are getting on startup. I pulled this from Apple site…


    Mac OS X 10.3 Panther works with local NTFS-formatted volumes. The volume will be read-only.

    Warning: NTFS formatted drives cannot be used in a Macintosh (except as read-only with Mac OS X 10.,3 as noted above). If you attempt to use a NTFS formatted disk, upon starting up the Mac OS will prompt you to format the drive. Do not format the drive, doing so will erase the contents of the drive. If you have an NTFS formatted disk, you must use another method to transfer the data from the PC to the Macintosh.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75320
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    so is there a way to format the drive, because i cant boot it as an external on my powerbook?

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    I'm just guessing here…
    what if you formatted it in a different format on the PC. Maybe then the Mac would prompt to reformat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by )(*
    I had a spare hard drive lying around formatted with the NTFS files system. I bought an external hard drive enclosure.

    I hooked it up to my powerbook and the computer saw its, and formatted it to the mac file system.

    I took the drive and hooked it up to my PC. and i couldnt see it on the PC, so i had to format the HD back to NTFS, but i did an NTFS quick format. so i brought the HD back to my laptop and the drive trys to start spinning but it stops and trys again and my powerbook cant see it. although when i plug it in, the CPU works harder, so i know something is going on.

    I took the drive back out and plug it into my PC via IDE cable. And the computer sees it, all is well, but when i put it in the external hard drive enclosure it tries starting up again and no luck.
    I put a different drive in it, and the enclosure works just fine, except with my spare drive


    what do i do?
    If you want your external drive to be able to be both written to and read from by both your Mac and your PC, format the external drive with the fat 32 format. Make sure your drive has a volume name or the Mac won't read it. Once that is done you can read and write from both machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James
    If you want your external drive to be able to be both written to and read from by both your Mac and your PC, format the external drive with the fat 32 format. Make sure your drive has a volume name or the Mac won't read it. Once that is done you can read and write from both machines.
    I can only format it to NTFS under WindowsXP SP2. Under disk management.
    oh this sucks.

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    If you are running OS X, have you tried to see if it shows up in Disk Utility (Drive Setup in OS 9) ? If it does you can format it there.

    If your system allows it, try booting from an OS 9 install cd. I believe that Drive Setup is on it.

    Does it show in System Profiler?
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    No, and No.
    but i will try the OS9 tonight, thanks

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    use partition magic for PC and format the drive to FAT32. it will work both places that way.

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    if you are formatting under disk management in Windows XP, the maximum allowed size is about 32 gigs? i am not sure, but if you select more than about that, it does not give you the option of formatting into Fat 32. otherwise you can plug the drive into your computer and try using Fdisk from the windows 98 boot disk and see whether that would work.

    Jeff

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