Help Please! Need Advice on installing Western Digital External HD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Tmang, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Tmang macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    I am extremely new to the Mac World and I recently got a used Power PC G5 with a 1.9 GHz; 1GB DD2 SDRAM (if that means anything). Additionally, I picked up a Western Digital 750 GB external HD which had been used with a PC XP configuration.
    My Mac OSX (Ver. 10.4.11) won't read the Western Digital (WD); so I'm trying to "reformat" it to accept Mac video for editing purposes (storing completed iMovie projects right now and raw video footage); I ran across these options in the Utility; "Mirror Raid"; "Striped Raid" or "Concatenated Disk Set". Which should I chose and what can I do to install this WD to fit my needs? Can anyone out there help me or direct me to some help? Thanks,
    If anyone has ANY answers (before I click and screw up my external HD or my MAC--PLEASE e-mail me at "". I will be most appreciative. Take care.
  2. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    None. These are RAID options, which you don't want from your description. You simply want to reformat it to 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' and you should be set.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    (1) There is no way you can damage the disk. Anything you can do with Disk Utility can be un-done with Disk Utility. Disk Utility can erase data from a disk but it can'r hard the drive itself

    (2) Don't ask for e-mail replies, no one later doing a search will be able to find the answer as it won't be here.

    Now the answer. Just format the drive a HFS+ Journaled. That's it. You don't need any of those raid options and yu cn't use them with just a single drive. Raid is a way to combine multiple drives.

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