HD and MAC - PC

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by africano, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. africano macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Ive been using my WD External HD both on my PC AND MAC...PC for most of the time and MAC only to watch movies (I haven't formatted the drive so I can't write to it from mac)

    Today I brought my HD home from work (PC) and I plugged it into my mac to watch a movie but I got an error saying it couldn't read the drive, ignore, or initialize, I initialized but all options are greyed out.....so I went over to my home pc and plugged it in and also nothing...

    I went to disk manager and it shows up, says everything is okay....I go to disk manager and it shows the External HD, but says its NOT ASSIGNED.....I can't assign a letter, options are greyed out....

    I can remove it safely as it appears as an option....dont know if I can fix this or if my drive is gone....?¿

    Help please!?
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Did you dismount the disk properly at work or just pull the plug? If the disk was not dismounted properly it often gets scrambled.
     
  3. surfbo740 macrumors newbie

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    Gainesville, FL
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    Doesn't apply directly but....

    This doesn't directly apply to your issue. However if you would like to be able to read/write in both OS X and Windows, its very easy. Just use Disk Utility in OS X and format the disk as Ex-Fat. Obviously back up or move the data before hand as this will wipe out any data on the disk you format.

    Just my 2c
     

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