help with formatting additional drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by roy_g_biv, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. roy_g_biv macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2002
    San Francisco
    my roommate and i are installing an additional 250gig hard drive into his powermac G4 mdd, but after installation disk utility will only let him format the disk using the unix file system. the drop down menu has no other selections. he did change the system disk from cable select to master, and the additional drive to slave (both on the ata-100 channel). he has another 250gig hard drive (on his ata-66 channel) set to master which has been working fine and easily formatted to hfs upon installation. i tried doing a search and found no other topics on the subject, any advice/help?
  2. alex_ant macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2002
    All up in your bidness
    This is a total guess but maybe you need to repartition the drive... I know Linux fdisk lets you specify partition type. Maybe your drive has some kind of Unix partition on it that OS X doesn't want to put an HFS+ filesystem on.

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