Partitioning problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Skulesh, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Skulesh macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2010
    I have a Maxtor 750G Onetouch that I use with a mac and PC. The setup of the hard drive is four partitions with Fat32. I mostly use my MAC now so I decided that I would change one partition so that I could use the backup software that came with the Maxtor (instead of manually backing up each folder). I used disk Utility to change one partition to Mac OS extended, (which the backup software said was required). During the formatting I got a format error and now disk utility says:

    Write Status : Read/Write
    Connection Type : External
    S.M.A.R.T. Status : Not Supported
    Partition Map Scheme : Unformatted

    Unfortunately there is about 200 Gig of info that I do not want to lose on the hard drive. Is there a way to repair the drive? (disk utility does not give me the repair option)
    Should I try with a PC? (do not currently have a working one)
    Is it possible to have two different formats on one hard drive? (a google search said that it was possible but now I have my doubts)

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Probably not, but you may be able to recover some data with an app like Drive Genius.

    Sure. Boot Camp partitions your system hard drive to HFS+ and FAT/NTFS.

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