HELP with windows xp in external hard drive

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  1. Gonzaflex macrumors newbie

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    I am a new user to mac I tried to download windows xp operating system in my new WD external hard drive, now my mac won't recognize it. I ran Disk Utility

    It says in red color letters" The disc need to be repaired. when I click : repair Disk

    It says ...Volume repair complete
    Updating Boot support for volumes as required.
    : Error: disk utility can't repair this disk.
    Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk & restore your back up files"

    THE PROBLEM is I can not access the disk. it wont mount on my desktop???

    Help
    Thanks
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

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    If you have it formatted as HFS, then your external drive has some sort of error and probably damaged.
     
  3. Gonzaflex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do I find out if it is formatted in HFS? can I check with Disk Utility?

    I did noticed that disk utility does show it on the disks windows on the left???

    Thanks:(
     
  4. ayeying macrumors 601

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    If it says this, then it is HFS+ formatted
     

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  5. Gonzaflex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My external HD reads EXFAT. what do I do ????

    Is there a way to format it back to Mac ox extended (Journaled)? without loosing the data?

    Thanks
     
  6. kirky29 macrumors 65816

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    The only versions of Windows that can work with ExFAT (Also known as FAT64) are Windows Vista on the latest Service Pack, (SP3 is it?) and Windows 7.
     
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  8. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I think he meant natively, you have to go out of your way to search for an optional update for the functionallity.

    Have you tried installing that update and trying to read the drive again?
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    IIRC it's one the the updates pushed by Windows Update, so it doesn't seem particularly "out of he way"...

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