New Mac Mini, External HD question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RMD Photography, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. RMD Photography macrumors newbie

    RMD Photography

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    So I got my 1.83 mini today and am setting everything up. I have a 250gb external USB hard drive that I was going to set up with it but when I plug it in nothing happens. I am new to Macs and am not sure what I am doing wrong.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    Is the drive formatted? If so in what format? Does it show up in Disk Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities)?
     
  3. RMD Photography thread starter macrumors newbie

    RMD Photography

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    When I checked it on my XP pc it says its formatted FAT32

    No, its isn't showing up anywhere on the mac.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    So just to confirm you have connected it to the USB port, connected any required power adaptor and run the Disk Utility application from /Applications/Utilities? I would expect that it shows up in Disk Utility. If it does not then your Mac is basically not recognising it as a disk at all.
     
  5. RMD Photography thread starter macrumors newbie

    RMD Photography

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    just got it figured out, I had to restart the mac to get it to recognize the drive
     

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