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Toshiba Cavnio not recognized on Macbook Pro


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I just bought a new 1TB Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Plus. The box says it can be reformated for a MAC but it provides no directions and since my system OSX 10.6.8 doesn't even recognize it, I can't use Disc Utilities.

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What do you mean you cant use disk utility?

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Perhaps I'm mistaken, but my poking around on the web suggested that the only way to reformat an external drive is to use Disc Utility.

When I open Disc Utility it asks me to select the drive before erasing. I can't select it, since my hard drive doesn't even recognize that the hard drive is connected via USB (NOTE: the power lite on the Toshiba Canvio lights up and I can hear the disc turning inside)
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I am having the same exact issue.

What I did was plug it into an older iMac and formatted it to Fat32. I was able to put files on it and tag files off it on the older iMac with no issues. I was using the cable that came with it also.

I plugged it into my MacBook Pro running 10.6.8 and it will not mount he drive anywhere. I have tried both the cable it came with an a USB 2.0 cable with the micro connector. No joy.

I called Toshiba and they told me the same thing about it just needs to be formatted from NFTS to something Mac will read.

I did so many searches that I came across something on amazon that advertised Toshiba's Canvio for Mac line.
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This is the site that list the line for mac

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Your MBP may not be supplying enough power via its USB ports to spin up that 3 TB drive, whereas your iMac can.

If it mounts OK on the iMac, the drive is not defective. And FAT-32 is a compatible file system for the Mac so there should be no problem in that regard.

The tech support folks at Toshiba (or should I say in India) apparently don't know which file systems are supported by the Mac. If the drive is formatted as FAT-32, it should work on the MBP unless like I stated above that the MBP is not providing enough power to the drive.

Does the drive have an AC adapter that you can use?
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I started thinking the same thing after I read a couple other articles elsewhere. I read about people using a Y cable that has the micro connector that you can plug into the Ext HD and then it has two USB plugs off a Y split that you can either plug both into the USB connectors on the MAC or plug one into the mac and one into an AC adapter.

I might try that but to be honest for the amount I paid for this I want it to work as advertised and sold. Might just take it back today and try something else.

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I might try that but to be honest for the amount I paid for this I want it to work as advertised and sold. Might just take it back today and try something else.

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That would be my recommendation. Toshiba hard drives are not known for their reliability. I'd recommend Hitachi, Western Digital or Seagate (in that order).

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I bought the same exact drive about 10 days ago (TOSHIBA 1TB CANVIO 3.0 PLUS).

When I plugged it into my MB, it obviously did not show up on the Finder list since it was not formatted yet. I simply went to Disk Utility, selected it from the list on the left, and formatted the drive with no issue. Afte that, it showed up in Finder and I was able to write to it. No issues yet. I am using this drive as my TM Backup.

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