seagate external hard drive

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

  1. 2macman macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    reformat external hard drive

    Thanks.

    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?

    Thanks.
     

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