External HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Yizi, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Yizi macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    I purchased a new external HD and i like to use the old one (which was used by time machine) on my (Windows) laptop but it would not show up. Is there anyway i can format the HD in Mac?!

    Thanks,
    Yizi
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    Just open Disk Utility (Located in Applications>Utilities) select the drive, and erase it, formatting it in MS-DOS (FAT32) Format. You can also reformat the drive via the AdminTools on XP or Vista.

    TEG
     
  3. JG271 macrumors 6502a

    JG271

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    Hi,

    Go to the applications folder, then onto the utilities folder within that. Then open the application called disk utility, it should show up.
    Then go to the erase tab, change the volume type and then click erase.
     
  4. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah cheers!
     
  5. iShater macrumors 604

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    Even in Windows under Control Panel>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management you should be able to see the physical drive and format it.
     

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