Buffalo external drive and Mac Journal

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  1. captainbeefheat macrumors regular

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    I got a new Buffalo drive today, this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buffalo-1TB...2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1222178537&sr=8-2 it works fine and will format in Fat32 but it keep coming up with an error when I try to format it to Mac Journal. In the manual it talks about its own disk utility so I thought I might have to use that. So, I installed all the software it came with, however on closer inspection it looks like the disk formatter is Windows only. Is this a known problem with this drive? I have searched around and not found anything about it. In the manual for the drive it talks about formatting to Mac Journal so i assume you can do it?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I think you're missing something very simple - the drive's partitioning scheme. Mac OS X does not like HFS+ Journaled drives with the MBR (Master Boot Record) partitioning scheme. This is easily fixed with Disk Utility - select the disk, go to the Partition tab (if there's no Partition tab, you selected the wrong thing), and then click the Options... button (I'm assuming you're using Leopard). A dialog will come up with three options - MBR, APM, and GPT. You want either APM or GPT - which one depends on exactly what kind of Mac you have and what you plan to use the disk for.
     
  3. captainbeefheat thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi thanks for the reply, I'm a little confused I don't want to partition it, just format it in a file system I can use with os x and use files bigger then 4GB. It won't let me do that.
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I wasn't saying anything about partitioning. It just so happens that the setting for the partition scheme, which Mac OS X is particular about, is in the Partition tab. You do NOT have to partition the drive in this tab - you can change the scheme THEN format it as you see fit.
     
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