Accessing a PC formatted drive on a mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by drgrafix, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. drgrafix macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    New England
    Long story short: OK, I have both a mac (primary) and a pc I keep around. The PC was running XP Pro and my son gave me a legit Vista Home Premium so I upgraded. Unfortunately, a lot of my graphics files from Corel/Visio are on the 2nd HDD in the PC which for some reason is fully detected in BIOS and Device Manager, but it is "offline" and there are no options at that point to bring it online.

    A friend lent me his eSata dock and I pulled the drive, loaded it, and plugged the USB into the mac. Said the drive cannot be read but do I want to eject or initialize? What exactly does initialize mean? I don't want to lose the data on the drive (Seagate Barracuda 320 GB 7200 rpm).
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Initialize means format. If you are getting this sort of an error, then the hard drive is damaged, and it's not activating properly. Take it to a repair shop and they can usually, get the data off for you.


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