Hard drive strange issue MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DutchAmerican, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. DutchAmerican macrumors member

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    Hello All,


    Today I got my new WD elements 1TB external hard drive. Straight out of the box I connected to my MBP. Strange enough is the fact I can't place anything on the hard drive.

    What is the problem? And How can I solve it?
     
  2. DutchAmerican thread starter macrumors member

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    I see that there are many problems with it. I have to download certain drivers etc.


    But can it be used as: plug it in and it works or is it a big process you have to deal with every time you connect the hard drive?:confused:
     
  3. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    You might have to format the drive first in disk utility.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's likely formatted as NTFS, which Mac OS X can't write to natively. Right-click on the drive and "Get Info" to see the format.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     
  5. DutchAmerican thread starter macrumors member

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    WoW, I did not know it was that of an issue. What do you recommend me? I only use it for my Macbook but if it is possible, I don't want to pay for some programs..:confused:
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you only intend to use it with your Mac, reformat the drive as HFS+.
     
  7. DutchAmerican thread starter macrumors member

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    It works, thank you very much! Case closed.
     

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