External FW drive not mounting

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by chipchen, May 6, 2003.

  1. chipchen macrumors 6502

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    so.. I built myself an external hard drive... FW case and spare 20GB hard drive which was lying around. I formatted it NTFS via my PC and put it in there... works flawlessly on my PC.

    however, when I plug it into my mac.. it says it needs to be initialized... i thought Macs mounted all PC volumes? No? Should I format Fat32 instead? It needs to go cross platform.
     
  2. keithcobbett macrumors member

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    I would. Format it on your PC with FAT32 partitioning and this should relieve your issues. Are you currently formatting NTFS???
     
  3. sparkleytone macrumors 68020

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    it wont read ntfs. in fact, if you are ever going to use anything other than windows, ntfs is nothing but a pain in the rear. just format it fat32. that would make it much easier all around. also, make it all one partition as OS X doesn't usually find any partitions beyond the first one.
     
  4. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, do FAT32. And if it doesn't mount immediately after that, give it a minute... sometimes OS X will run diskutil on it without telling you.
     
  5. chipchen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is there anyway to get it to read NTFS at all though? I need to get data off it first.. then reformat. any ideas? utilities?
     

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