Help with external Hard drive......

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by farqueue, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    Hello people, i just got a 250gb external SATA hard drive in an enclosure.
    When i plugged the USB cable into my macbook, it came up with this error saying that mac os x doesnt recognise it and gave me three options

    Initialise, something else.. and Ignore

    I clicked on initialise and dont know what to do...

    I plan on using this hard drive to:
    1. Store media files for my mac os x
    2. As a hard disk for gaming files patches demos etc to bring to lan parties (so it has to work with mac os x and windows xp)
    3. Running external applications off bootcamp
    4. I have a PC at work, and would like to transfer files to my mac at home

    What do i do? detailed explanations would be helpful
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Format it as FAT32 which is also named MS-DOS File System in Disk Utility. :)
  3. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    The option to format as MS-DOS may not appear unless you go into Partition and the Options button to write a Master Boot Record. Hope that helps, farqueue :p
  4. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    Grrrr.... why do they have to label it as MS-DOS... well thanks anwayy :)

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