Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    Tanner31593's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 28, 2007
    Posts
    1,131
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    Hello,

    I recently took out all the old tiny hard drives out of my closet and plugged them into my external and erased them all on my Mac, now i go and connect them to a PC and it doesn't see it at all.

    Is there anything I can download or do something that can make the PC see them?

    Thanks everyone,
    Tanner.

  2. #2
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC

    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2006
    Posts
    897
    You would need to format it in FAT for both the Mac and PC to be able to read/write. It sounds like your drive is formatted in HFS+ which the PC can't see without a utility such as MacDrive.

  3. #3
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    Tanner31593's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 28, 2007
    Posts
    1,131
    Well my PC currently doesn't have windows installed,
    I planned on erasing the hard drive on my Mac (which I did),
    And then putting the hard drive into my PC and installing windows onto that hard drive,
    But when i erase and delete the partitions and then i put the drive into my PC and run Windows XP setup it does not detect the hard drive.

  4. #4
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    baggss's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 10, 2004
    Location
    Margaritaville
    Posts
    10,310
    Specs:
    27" 3.4 Ghz i7 iMac-13" C2D Macbook-OSX 10.10.2 -64Gb iPad 2-64 Gb iPhone 6+-ATV 2-14Tb of Storage
    Just format it as FAT-32 on the Mac, should work fine on the PC.


  5. #5
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    MaDDoG's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 01, 2007
    Location
    Oz.....near the Wizards home
    Posts
    1,917
    Specs:
    iMac 24' 7 Snow Leopard + Parallels and Win 7 | 30 Gb iPod | Canon EOS 400D
    Tanner...when you erased the hard drive I say you have formatted it using Mac HFS+. You need to re format it as Fat 32 for you PC to read the drive. In Windows you frequently have to go into disk mamangement and drive management. There you make the drive active and allow the Win PC to see the drive.
    Alternately when you put the install Win disk into the pc, reboot and the installation will take place frm the cd. The system should then guide you through the process if I remember rightly.
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."
    MaDDoG's Photo Gallery - http://mcarfa.smugmug.com/

  6. #6
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    knightlie's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 22, 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,463
    Specs:
    Lenovo Z560 Hackintosh -:- '06 iMac -:- iPod Touch 2ndGen
    Maddog is right, I think. When I put my old MacBook drive into a USB case and plugged into the PC, Windows reported the Mac partition as a "GPT protected partition" and wouldn't touch it - no properties, no format or anything. When you erase the drive on the Mac, go to the Partition tab, there's an option in there (I can't remember the details now) which will erase it completely without leaving the hidden Mac partition or anything behind. Then you can format it on the PC.

    I'll look it up and post the details of that Partition tab.
    [URL="http://beadia.net"]Beadia[/URL - Jewelry Business Management Software]
    I judge you when you use poor grammar.

  7. #7
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    Kash's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2006
    Location
    Irvine, CA
    Posts
    9,385
    Specs:
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    Guys, he's having a problem getting Windows setup to recognize the drives, not Windows itself. Technically, the partition type should have no effect on setup finding the drive itself as then he would be able to delete the HFS+ partition and recreate a FAT32 or NTFS one.

    Tanner, what sort of drives are these? Are they IDE (long connector) or SATA (small connector)? Are the drives enabled in the BIOS (this is especially important with SATA drives)?

    Give us a bit more information and we'll try our best to help you out.

    June 2007
    July 2009

  8. #8
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    MaDDoG's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 01, 2007
    Location
    Oz.....near the Wizards home
    Posts
    1,917
    Specs:
    iMac 24' 7 Snow Leopard + Parallels and Win 7 | 30 Gb iPod | Canon EOS 400D
    Just a thought...have you looked at the jumper settings on the drive?
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."
    MaDDoG's Photo Gallery - http://mcarfa.smugmug.com/

  9. #9
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    knightlie's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 22, 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,463
    Specs:
    Lenovo Z560 Hackintosh -:- '06 iMac -:- iPod Touch 2ndGen
    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    Guys, he's having a problem getting Windows setup to recognize the drives, not Windows itself. Technically, the partition type should have no effect on setup finding the drive itself as then he would be able to delete the HFS+ partition and recreate a FAT32 or NTFS one.
    If Windows itself won't touch a GPT protected partition I'd say is a dead cert that Windows Setup won't either.
    [URL="http://beadia.net"]Beadia[/URL - Jewelry Business Management Software]
    I judge you when you use poor grammar.

  10. #10
    Mac modified hard drive cant be seen by a PC
    bryphotoguy's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2007
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    3,978
    Specs:
    Quad 2.8GHz Mac Pro, Edge iPhone
    It could be two things which are both mentioned. Check the jumper setting to make sure the main drive you want to use is set to master and any others set to slave. As for formatting them on your Mac, make sure they are formatted using the MS-DOS setting and not Mac Journaled or anything like that. It is the only one that a PC will read so you can install a fresh copy of Windows on them.
    PM me if you need any more explanation.
    Bryan

    January 2008 Member of the Month

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-03-2011, 12:10 AM
  2. GoFlex external drive cannot be modified
    By Elyse in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-20-2011, 09:14 AM
  3. WD Hard drive cannot be modified
    By face777 in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-02-2009, 01:56 PM
  4. Serial ATA hard drive from PC as external hard drive for Mac???
    By Hammerhead84 in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-05-2008, 11:54 AM
  5. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-13-2008, 10:08 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •