New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Other Hardware and Peripherals Other Apple systems and peripherals discussion.

Seagate Freeagent: "The disk you inserted is not readable by this computer"


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
mr_goodbomb

 
Member Since: Aug 04, 2008
Posts: 71
mr_goodbomb is an unknown at this point

mr_goodbomb is offline
I believe this harddrive is formatted Fat32. I want to format it for my Mac for video editing. It's brand new, never used. When I plug it in, this is the message I get:

"The disk you inserted is not readable by this computer"

I am using OS X 10.5.8

What is the problem?
QUOTE Thanks
TattooedMac

 
TattooedMac's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 19, 2009
Location: Waiting for a mate . . .
Posts: 7,860
TattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant futureTattooedMac has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: 21" iMac 2.9Ghz 10.9.4 13"MBP 2.9Ghz i7 Yosemite 10.10 ~ iPhone5 iOS 8 ~ iPad Mini iOS 8 ~ ATV3 6.1

TattooedMac is offline
Have you opened up Disk Utility to see if it really is there or not. ??

CogFrog Studio's ~ Photography, Apps and Web Development
Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
QUOTE Thanks
mr_goodbomb

 
Member Since: Aug 04, 2008
Posts: 71
mr_goodbomb is an unknown at this point

mr_goodbomb is offline
Yes, it shows. When I try to format it, it fails.
QUOTE Thanks
dtravis7

 
dtravis7's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2005
Location: Modesto, Ca.
Posts: 27,840
dtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac 2.4 C2D 10.10.1, iMac 2.16 C2d 10.6.8, Macbook2007 10.8.4, Mac Mini 10.8.4, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!

dtravis7 is offline
Did you try using the Partition Tab or just Erase in Disk Utility?
QUOTE Thanks
mr_goodbomb

 
Member Since: Aug 04, 2008
Posts: 71
mr_goodbomb is an unknown at this point

mr_goodbomb is offline
Erase. I don't know how to use partition. I just opened the tab and nothing is clickable other than volume scheme.
QUOTE Thanks
mr_goodbomb

 
Member Since: Aug 04, 2008
Posts: 71
mr_goodbomb is an unknown at this point

mr_goodbomb is offline
Tried again today. Still can't seem to work this one out.
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 18,130
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.1

harryb2448 is offline
Go into Partition, and select a partition set up, even if one partition, and format Mac OS Extended (Journalled). Let us know your progress? Hard drives invariably arrive set up for Windows.
QUOTE Thanks
mr_goodbomb

 
Member Since: Aug 04, 2008
Posts: 71
mr_goodbomb is an unknown at this point

mr_goodbomb is offline
Tried 1 partition.

Partition failed with the error:

File system formatter failed.
QUOTE Thanks
vansmith

 
vansmith's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 19, 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 18,209
vansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)

vansmith is online now
Does this HD have two USB plugs on the cable by any chance? If so, you need to plug both in. This might be why it isn't being read properly.

Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
Writing a Quality Post
QUOTE Thanks
mr_goodbomb

 
Member Since: Aug 04, 2008
Posts: 71
mr_goodbomb is an unknown at this point

mr_goodbomb is offline
Just one.
QUOTE Thanks
Jamie-Jamie

 
Member Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posts: 481
Jamie-Jamie is a jewel in the roughJamie-Jamie is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: Mac Pro, Power Mac G4, iMac G3, iPhone 3GS

Jamie-Jamie is offline
Mac OS X can read FAT32 just fine. If it's NTFS, though... well...
QUOTE Thanks
vansmith

 
vansmith's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 19, 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 18,209
vansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)

vansmith is online now
You should still be able to read the drive if it's NTFS but regardless, the current filesystem of the drive shouldn't affect the formatting (to the best of my knowledge). Have you tried formatting it with a different fs?

Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
Writing a Quality Post
QUOTE Thanks
dtravis7

 
dtravis7's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2005
Location: Modesto, Ca.
Posts: 27,840
dtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac 2.4 C2D 10.10.1, iMac 2.16 C2d 10.6.8, Macbook2007 10.8.4, Mac Mini 10.8.4, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!

dtravis7 is offline
Van is totally correct.

To the OP, is the drive BUS powered or does it have it's own Power Supply? That is what VAN was getting at with the question about dual usb cable.
QUOTE Thanks
mr_goodbomb

 
Member Since: Aug 04, 2008
Posts: 71
mr_goodbomb is an unknown at this point

mr_goodbomb is offline
A different FS? I dunno what you mean.

The drive can't be read, it won't format, it won't partition. I only own one computer, a Mac.

The external harddrive is one USB cable and a power cable to the wall.
QUOTE Thanks
vansmith

 
vansmith's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 19, 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 18,209
vansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)

vansmith is online now
Which FreeAgent do you have? Looking at Seagate's website, they have a couple different FreeAgents. Not knowing anything about them other than what's on Seagate's website, it looks like some might require a power adapter (FreeAgent Desk and Xtreme) and some look to be small enough (FreeAgent GO) to be bus powered. I could be wrong but it looks like there are both.

EDIT: I evidently can't research and type fast enough.

Different FS = different filesystem. Have you tried formatting it as FAT32? I know it's already formatted that way but I just want to see if you can format it at all.

Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
Writing a Quality Post
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Time machine | Epson printer driver (CX8400) »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
"The disk cannot be read from or written to..." iTunes importing Stang OS X - Operating System 4 07-24-2008 07:06 PM
The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. keeweepoo iPod Hardware and Accessories 1 12-27-2007 09:12 AM
Seagate Freeagent milessthomas Other Hardware and Peripherals 4 10-11-2007 08:27 AM
Volume Header Needs Minor Repair MrChris Apple Desktops 3 08-02-2007 04:41 PM
Just How Secure Are the 'Reset Safari' & 'Erase Free Space' Facility? scoot OS X - Operating System 3 05-30-2007 06:28 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?