LaCie D2 firewire harddrive

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  1. steeleclipse macrumors 6502

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    Does anybody know what will happen if I connect my LaCie d2 external harddrive to a windoze firewire box?

    When I bought it, I didn't have to format it when I hooked it up to my mac (running 10.2), so I have a pretty good feeling that when I hook it to a windoze box (running xp) it will see the file system from my mac. I need those files in tact on a windoze box.

    Can anybody confirm that? It is really important.


    Thanks
     
  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Open up Disk Utility and then check out the Volume on the d2.

    If it's HFS+, then the PC won't read it. If it's FAT32, then you'll be fine.

    See red box for location of Format info:
     

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  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    Probally Not,

    If your Drive is formated in HFS+ (The Mac File System) Windows won't read it (Unless you have 3rd party software or 2000 Server).

    If your Drive is Formatted in FAT(32) or NTFS then you should have no problems (unless you're trying to read NTFS from 9x or Me.

    Hope that helps,
    TEG
     
  4. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Im in trouble

    Uh oh... its hfs+... and I NEED windows to read it...

    Do you have ANY solutions? this is very important... i can move the data onto another one of my hardrives for now.. does anybody know how to change the file system to fat32???


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    or ntfs too
     
  6. TEG macrumors 604

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    Macdrive 98 is the last program I remember that allows Windows to view Mac Drives. Do a search on Google for Mac Drives on PCs.

    TEG
     
  7. yzedf macrumors 65816

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    how much stuff is it?

    why not burn a cd (or cd's) of the files?
     
  8. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It 68 Gigs :D
     
  9. TEG macrumors 604

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    Erase Disk... Under OS9's Special Menu should allow you to reformat as FAT.

    TEG
     
  10. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do i go about that???

    I cant seem to find that option
     
  11. TEG macrumors 604

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    Reboot into OS9, select your drive and goto the special menu and it should be there.

    TEG
     
  12. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nope. Unfortunately, it would not let me. It gives me the option of mac os or mac os extended. Is there some other way, or another app that does it???
     
  13. TEG macrumors 604

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    Drive setup, or check Versiontracker for a disk utility that will allow a reformatting.

    Another idea is to reformat on a PC (in FAT32) and then bring it to your Mac and copy your files that way.

    TEG
     
  14. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That sounds like a good idea. Do you know that it works???

    Thanks
     
  15. TEG macrumors 604

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    It should, Macs can read Fat/FAT32 Drive (Usually) If not, there are problly drivers for your drive to allow you to do it.

    TEG
     
  16. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your help guys (TEG and ROWER). I really appreciate it
     
  17. timbloom macrumors 6502a

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    ummm, don't forget to back it up before you reformat it, just in case you didn't know. (i assume you did)
     

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