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    external HD problems
    i just bought an external HD 160 G's usb2 for my imac. there supposed to be an icon on my desk top telling me it is connected but there is no icon. in the manual it says that a blue light on the HD tells you that there is power running through it but it cannot read infomation, data files etc. there is a blue light. it isn't powered by an external powersource but from the imac itself.

    something about formatting? does that make sense to you? please help

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    Quote Originally Posted by vallaha@hotmail View Post
    i just bought an external HD 160 G's usb2 for my imac. there supposed to be an icon on my desk top telling me it is connected but there is no icon. in the manual it says that a blue light on the HD tells you that there is power running through it but it cannot read infomation, data files etc. there is a blue light. it isn't powered by an external powersource but from the imac itself.

    something about formatting? does that make sense to you? please help
    Yes, you will need to format the hard disk if it doesn't come formatted for Mac from the factory. You can do this by opening Disk Utility (Applications => Utilities folder), selecting the Hard Disk from the list and then clicking the Erase tab and choosing a format (I would recommend "Mac OS Extended - Journaled" if you're only using the drive with a Mac, choose "MS-DOS" if you're sharing with a Windows machines). Then click Erase.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    hi

    thanx for advice but theres a problem. the volume format drop down menu is blanked out. any more advice will be appreciated

    cheers

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    is it a windows ony hd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptorkid700 View Post
    is it a windows ony hd?
    There's no such thing. It might have a Windows partition (NTFS), but one can remove that partition.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vallaha@hotmail View Post
    hi

    thanx for advice but theres a problem. the volume format drop down menu is blanked out. any more advice will be appreciated

    cheers
    Make sure you have the drive selected in the left window pane.

    This article should give you a more thorough explanation of the process.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    no its osx aswell

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    cheers, it works.

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