seagate external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 2macman, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. 2macman macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2010
    I just got a Seagate expansion external 500 gb hard drive.

    All I want is drop and drag to save files.
    Chat lines said this was possible. Easily. So I got the Seagate.

    When it first opened up, it asked if I wanted to use it as a Time Machine backup. Not really. I just want drop and drag file saving capability.

    Now, it just sits there. I cannot drop and drag.

    How to I enable it, or format it (I am not a techie) so that I can drop and drag?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You need to format the HDD with HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) via Disk Utility, as the HDD is most likely using NTFS as file system (format).
  3. 2macman thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2010
    reformat external hard drive


    What I did while waiting for an answer was I plugged it into my other mac, and when it asked if I wanted to use it as Time Machine, this time I said Yes.
    And it erased everything. And formatted if for Mac, I presume.
    So, all is well, I think, with this hard drive.

    I have an older 250 GB Seagate hard drive. Is it possible to partition it for half Windows and half Mac?


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