Problem loading external hard drive PLZ HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by budge9, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. budge9 macrumors member

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    I have just bought the Seagate 750gb external hard drive. I've plugged it in and connected it to my macbook using a USB but I see that there is something called 'autorun' on it. Do I need to run this to install hard drive first, as when I click on it it asks me what to open it with and I'm not sure what I should select. Somehow I think I've deleted the preference to the program that should be used to open stuff like this so I would be very grateful if somebody could please tell me which program i should be. Thanks a million!
     
  2. Peace macrumors P6

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    It's a pre-configured hard drive for windows.
    Use disk utility to erase/format it as HFS+ GUID partition map.

    This is typical for some external hard drives.They have autorun apps installed for Windows.
     
  3. budge9 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey. I tried to do it but accidentally put UNIX or something like that so I quit it and now its not recognising the external hard drive. Please help!
     
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  5. budge9 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm using tiger on a macbook that I bought about a year ago.
     
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    go to disk utilities and select the external hard drive and partition it like this :

    I used my internal hard drive as an example but you should get the jist.
     

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  7. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502

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    If you want windows compatibility you can use FAT 32 but there's a file limit of 4GB.
     
  8. budge9 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a million! Just one more quick question. Do I need to do the same again to rename the external hard drive and can I do it without losing any documents? Thanks!
     
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    As long as all you do is rename it you shouldn't lose any documents.

    I personally wouldn't do it on a daily basis.
     

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