Iomega External Harddrive won't read on PC but will on Mac

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  1. muffinman macrumors 6502

    muffinman

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    I bought an Iomega Prestige 1TB external harddrive a couple months ago with it running off my Macbook Pro.

    I just flew down home for spring break, leaving my Macbook Pro charger at school. However, I do have the harddrive with all my backed up files. The problem is, my PC laptop (Dell, Windows XP) does not recognizes it. When I plug in the harddrive and turn it on, the computer recognizes that there is something plugged in (it gives me the option to safely remove hardware), but there is no sign of the drive anywhere.

    Is there anyway my PC can read/recognize it?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    How is it formatted?

    Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.)
    It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like.
    Formatting in HFS (Mac OS Extended) or FAT32 or NTFS-3G can be done with Mac's Disk Utility.

    FAT32
    • Read/Write from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    NTFS
    HFS
    • Read/Write HFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write HFS from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
     
  3. muffinman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm assuming FAT32 but maybe it was HFS...When I purchased it, I just plugged and played. I didn't format it into any other type..
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you just plug it into the Mac or the PC first? If the Mac, it's probably HFS, unless it came pre-formatted.
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    You can find out by right clicking on the HDD icon (wherever it is) and selecting Get Info and look under Format: .
    [​IMG]

    Or use Disk Utility.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    :)
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Ha, I don't read posts anyway, why do you think I insist on proper thread titles?

    This thread title is good and explains everything I need to know, thus no further investigation into the real problem/issue has to be undertaken by me.




    Or I was lazy in reading the original post. ;)
     
  8. appleeater1313 macrumors newbie

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    Same Thing but the other way.

    I have my Mass set for a PC and now use a IMAC. Is it the same way for it to be read on a mac if it was formatted for a PC?
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    As posted before by GGJstudios:
    Macs can read NTFS and FAT32 formatted HDDs, the formats Windows uses the most.
     

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