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I have a Power Mac G4 Tower (PPC) that's currently running OS X 10.1. I'm trying to format my WD My Book 2TB in order to use for media storage on this mac but when I attempt to create only one partition it doesn't show the HD on the desktop and I have no way to access it. If I create two partitions it will only allow me to access the smallest one of the two. Is there any way I can format this HD to use the full 1.82 TB that are free? I have been formatting it as OS X Extended I believe. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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G'day and welcome to the forums.

Well if you are really using OS X.1, and that is about as old as The Flinstones, the computer probably will not recognise anything over a 128GB hard drive and this may apply to externals as well.

Also on a G4 you would need to connect via Firewire for the drive to be bootable, and needs to be formatted Mac OS Extended (Journalled) first, and then partition in Apple Partition Map.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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I think you're right because I just checked the Hard drive I just installed which is a 320GB and it only shows about 128GB available. I guess that was quick and simple. If I upgrade to 10.4 will it then be able to read the hard drive as the full 2TB? and the internal as the full 320GB?
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