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so i have a seagate 40gb portable hd. i use to backup my pc files (pictures, documents) on it. i had to send in my macbook to the store to fix some stuff and i plugged the external hd and saved my music files and such. i was succesfully able to copy the files.


now....i tried to connect the hd back to the pc and it wont let me open it, says "device is not formatted." when i plug it back into the mac it does not even recognize the hd anymore. when i plug it into the usb nothing happens. any ideas on what happend?
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What filesystem is the hard drive formatted in? I'm pretty sure it needs to be FAT for OSX and Linux/Windows to read and write to the drive.
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its FAT
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Based on your post - the drive shows up on a Win machine as unformatted, but does not show up on your Mac?

So, when you plug it into the Mac:
1) Open a Finder window, does it appear there?
If it does, can you access the drive from there?
If you can, go into Finder preferences and put a check next to External disks under Show these items on the desktop.

2) Does the drive show up in Disk Utility?
If it does - try the repair options

3) If it does not show up in either of those locations - try another cable

4) If none of these work, would say worst case - the drive has failed, best case - the partition table has been damaged and will need to be re-formatted

There probably is some software out there that could be used to try to get the data off the drive, but do not know which ones would work with a FAT32 formatted drive.

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