Formatting a LaCie HD for Mac and PC

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Soire, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. Soire macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Garden State
    I recently purchased a 250 gig external HD from LaCie with triple interface. So it works wonderfully on my iBook, but how can I make it so that a PC will recognize it? I believe that the drives come formatted in HDF(?) or some apple friendly format. So must I format it to FAT32 to make PCs recognize the drive, and how do I do this? Will I lose drive space? How should I format it, with the silverlining software disk?

    Any help would be appreciatted. :)
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    If I were you, I'd see if the Silverlining disk that came with your drive has a formatting utility on it and use that to make the drive FAT32. Unfortunately, the Apple-supplied Disk Utility is very finicky about whether it will let you format a disk for Windows. I've found that it only works if you select the Erase option for the drive, not any volumes it contains; even then, it may not let you do it. Try my suggestions for Disk Utility and see if it will do it for you - otherwise, you'll need a third-party formatting utility.

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