external HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tnelson42345, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. tnelson42345 macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2006
    I can't get a external HD to work in my powermac G5? I also need this to work in an older IMac, will there be any formatting problems? I know very little about Macs. I'm an IT guy at a college but we only have Windows except for the 2 macs we use for video editing. And up until I have never had to work on them :)

    any help will be greatly appreciated.

    thanks in advance
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Does the external drive need to access the windows too or only the macs??
  3. tnelson42345 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2006
    preferably both. but i would be very happy with just the two macs. someone said to format it in FAT32, but the only option it gives me is NTFS?
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    You can format the drive as FAT32 on the Mac. Select the MS-DOS file system.
  5. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Format the drive on a Mac and use Disk Utility >> select the external Hdd>>erase >>select file format (MS-DOS) for windows/Mac compatible >> name the drive>>uncheck the OS9 drivers box (if only your using OSX/xp etc) >>erase disk

    once you hit erase disk button it'll take 2mins to erase/format then the drive should show onto the desktop :D :D

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