Almost 4 year old HD is toast... External HD Question

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  1. Surfing@Blacks macrumors regular

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    I have a Macbook that I got between 3 to 4 years ago. My computer froze and I powered it down and restarted it then I got the gray screen that is beeping with the folder and the question mark. I went into Disk Utilities and couldn't find my hard drive anywhere. I assume that it is toast. I have a 120gb external hard drive that I would like to install Leopard on. Is there a specific format I need to setup my external hard drive to do this task? Or can I just install it right into my external hard drive as is from the disk and find that external HD on Disk setup.

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  2. GGJstudios, Nov 8, 2010
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    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended) <-- THIS IS THE FORMAT YOU WANT
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
     
  3. Surfing@Blacks thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not sure... if I follow you. I don't see that on Disk Utility.
     
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    If you need to format the drive, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    HFS is also referred to as Mac OS Extended:
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  6. Surfing@Blacks thread starter macrumors regular

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