Formatting external drive problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DCarter, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. DCarter macrumors newbie

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    I bought a new Hitachi 1tb bare drive and have been trying to format it through Disk Utility. I have it connected to my iMac system using a Newertech USB 2.0 drive connector.

    The new drive appears in Disk Utility, and when I go through the "Erase" tab and set if up as Journaled - the system seems to go into formatting mode for about ten minutes and then I get an error and I have to Force Quit the Disk Utility.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    In my experience, those USB drive connectors can be pretty flakey. Do you not have a computer you can install the drive into to format?
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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  5. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    Older Controller

    I have been through a few USB - IDE/SATA controllers. The most recent one I have did not handle my 1 TB drive. I connected it internally to my PC and it formatted properly. The SATA controller on your adapter may not support the very large drives properly.
     

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