External hard drive formatting stuck for 3hours!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rani, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. rani macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    I have recently bought a new MAcmini and I love it.
    I had been using a simpletech 400GB drive on windows and I moved it to the MAcmini.
    Unfortunately it was formatted in NTFS.
    I am using Disk utility to format it to DOS.
    I went to erase and chose the volume format to be MS-DOS and then clicked on erase.
    The disk utility has been active for more than 3 hours and I can not stop it or kill the application!

    HELP!!!!!
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    Might want to unplug the drive and do it again. There is no data on the drive so there is nothing wrong with doing this.
     
  3. ddekker macrumors regular

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    external drive format

    I agree with the unplug and try again, but I am underthe belief that you can't format a drive that large in FAT32. not to mention I also hear that FAT32 can't have a file larger than 4 gig (not good for video files, they get BIG)

    read: http://trialsoftheswitch.com/index.php/2006/10/04/mac-ntfs/

    DD
     
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000

    pianoman

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    bingo. the largest file size you can have on a FAT32 drive is 4GB, not to mention the partition is restricted to 32GB anyway. too many restrictions.
     

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