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    surfwax95's Avatar
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    Aug 27, 2005
    Fayetteville, AR
    15" Powerbook G4 24" iMac iPhone 3Gs
    Problems with FW external drive
    I was trying to format my Acomdata 160Gb external hard drive to HFS+ (it was FAT32) and things seem to have gone insane...

    When DiskUtility finished formatting, the drive's name was supposed to be "ACOMDATA", but instead was "DMI_____IEEE1394". That was strange. I understand that IEEE1394 is FireWire, but DMI I'm unfamiliar with. Anywho, the disk won't mount at all under Mac OS X and under Windows it just shows a removable disk that I can't get to format.

    The weirdest thing, though, is that now the drive is showing up in DiskUtility (still won't mount) and displaying 1.7 Terabytes free! It's a 160Gb hard drive! I'm very confused...

    Is there a utility that can force format a drive?

    I've already tried every command line route available with no luck.
    I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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    Aptmunich's Avatar
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    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    Maybe it's an issue with the enclosure?

    Or the disk itself has been corrupted somehow... I'd try a specialized utility like diskwarrior or drivegenius if you have it.

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