Faulty Portable Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by l3ebs, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. l3ebs macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2008
    Hey Guys,

    I have a WD 320gb portable hard drive which has been formatted as Journaled for about 3 months. Just yesterday i decided to format the 320gb hd as FAT32 as i heard that Mac disk utility is able to format this type in excess of the 32gb that windows is able too. This now allowed me to have the HD be read by Mac and windows with ease, or so i thought.

    So i did that, and copied all my data onto it and ever since it has been a bit patchy.. The drive is recognised instantly by windows computers and functions fine but when plugged into my macbook sometimes it will not display at all, other times it will take a long time to read, and in other cases it will function perfectly.

    When the drive refuses to be read by mac I checked disk utility and it shows that the HD is definately connected but just wont show up on my desktop.

    Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue and any help would be appreciated.

  2. bizzle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    Reformat it back to HFS+ and see if it works right on the Mac again.

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