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    Oct 18, 2009
    HELP! How to get Mac to recognise Seagate 'Expansion' External Hard Drive???
    I have a macbook, running on Snow Leopard. I also have an Airport Extreme base which is working flawlessly.

    I purchased a Seagate 'Expansion' model External Hard Drive for backing up files. I was told by the sales assistant to plug it into the Airport Extreme and it should prompt me to do the rest. Ok I took it home. I plug it into Airport Extreme and there is no prompt, no nothing, although I can see this new drive in Airport Utility. Apart from this, I can't see to get it to work.

    My question is how do I get it to work so I can start backing up files??

    I am really new to this, so I'd appreciate if someone send me step by step instructions.


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    Kevriano's Avatar
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    Jul 02, 2006
    Crawley, England
    20" Intel iMac 2.4 Ghz/3G Ram/320HD, Snow Leopard. PBook G4, 1.5Ghz/1.5 Ram/250 HD, Leopard 10.5.6.
    You need to format the drive to Mac Os Extended (journaled) in disk utility.

    Plug the drive into your Mac, open Disk Utility (MacintoshHD> Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility) and the select the drive from the list, click the erase tab and there's a menu for what format to select, pick the one suggested and reformat.
    You should then be good to go.
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    Bet you never purchased it at an Apple reseller if you were not told to format the drive.
    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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