Hard Drive in my Mac Pro

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  1. dupschan macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone. I use this site all the time and figured I should become a member and start helping others out too.

    I took the 320gb HD out of my directv DVR and put it in my mac. It is a WD 320 gb sata drive that works as far as I know. The problem is that disk utility recognizes it as simply "media" and i cannot format it or read anything on it. I am not worried about anything on the drive I just want to use it as a drive on my mac.

    If anyone has any insights that would be fantastic.

    Have a good one.

    Mac Pro Dual 3.0 Quad core, 8 gb RAM
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    open disk utility and reformat for mac usgae (hfs)
     
  3. ethical macrumors 68000

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    I'm guessing it's been locked by the manufacturers to ensure it's only used with the DVR box. Not sure how you can get round it.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    everything is possible

    op: have you checked the permissions of the drive?
     
  5. dupschan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess i cant really check the permissions on it because all i can do is see that it is in disk utility.

    I attached two screen captures of what I am looking at. The drive that concerns me is the one called "Media"
    When I have it selected it will not allow me to do anything with it but it is there.
    Would it be a good idea to pop it in my pc and format it there?
     

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  6. lemonade-maker macrumors 6502

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    I would try to partition it. Use the options button and make sure it's guid partition.
     
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  8. dupschan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    here is what the partition tab says
     

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  9. ethical macrumors 68000

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    Are you able to partition or do anything with your other drives? It's seems odd that even the 'Info' button is greyed out.
     
  10. dupschan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have full access and funtionality with other drives. It seems to be isolated to just this drive
     
  11. dupschan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I put it in a pc and it would not come up at all. I trust disk utility above any pc program. I think the drive is shot and it is a lost cause or there is a lock of some kind.
    Anyway, I appreciate all your help in the matter and will post any new adventures in the future.

    Anybody need a directv dvr without a hard drive?
     
  12. BillB50 macrumors member

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    My guess would be that the drive is jumpered in a manner that causes this behavior - total guess here, but worth a shot.

    Go to the manufacturers web site and see if there are jumper settings. If there are none, could be a custom firmware applied.

    My two cents...
     
  13. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    Interesting. I wounder why manufacturers would go that far to lock down the drive?
     
  14. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    i know microsoft did that with the orginal xbox harddrive i dont know about the 360's
     

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