USB harddrive partition

EvilDoc

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Original poster
Well since my orginal question has been answer its time yet again for a new one, i have setup a network with my mac mini and my laptop. the Mini has a usb harddive attached to it, but when i view the Mini from my laptop i cant see the usb drive.. any ideas?


yes iam a resent switcher :D
 

rendezvouscp

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Aug 20, 2003
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EvilDoc said:
Is there a way to re partition a usb harddrive WITHOUT destroying the data on it? thing is the harddrive now is hfs i want it to be fat32. finder freezes and locks up when ever i try to move the files from the usb harddrive to the internal harddrive or when ever i network my pc withmy mac i have to do very small files at a time.. any one have any clues? :confused:
I'm afraid not. If you simply wanted to create a new partition with the free space, I believe there are commercial applications that allow you to do that, but changing the file format for the drive without destroying the data is most likely a no-go. What was the original computer you used to put the data on the drive?
-Chase
 

EvilDoc

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i assume i used my mac but i thought i had connected it to my pc to format it first.. any idea why finder locks up when ever i try to transfer large files from the usb drive to a internal drive?
 

EvilDoc

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I think i may have found the problem, but i dont know if this is even possible.. i think that my usb harddrive is usb 2.0 which is connected to a hub. i cant remeber if the usb hub is 2.0 or 1.0? i think this was causing the lockups? is that possible?
 

rendezvouscp

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It could be just because the Finder doesn't like that particular drive. Has it worked on the same OS version before (either on the same computer or a different one)? What kind of drive is it? Hopefully we'll get down to the bottom of this. :)
-Chase
 

iMeowbot

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EvilDoc said:
I think i may have found the problem, but i dont know if this is even possible.. i think that my usb harddrive is usb 2.0 which is connected to a hub. i cant remeber if the usb hub is 2.0 or 1.0? i think this was causing the lockups? is that possible?
USB versions shouldn't cause trouble with devices, it's all supposed to fall back gracefully (in theory at least :D).

Skanky hubs can get in the way though, especially if you have a hub without its own power supply and a lot of bus-powered devices plugged into it. You can always try plugging in directly and seeing if the problem goes away.
 

EvilDoc

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its a WD hardrive (with external enclouser ) and it has worked on my pc's and OSx ,tiger and jaguar. what iam saying is that the usb hub might be usb 1.0 or 1.1 and since the HD enclosure is usb 2.0 it has to downgrade itself to 1.0 or 1.1 i think that might be the problem. it seems to work better when directly connected to my mac it just doesnt like the hub
 

rendezvouscp

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Yeah, it sounds like the hub's the problem. I'd connect it directly to the mac, and unplug the hub if you can (or make sure they're on different USB "boards"). What I mean is, if you've got a PM G5, and the hubs connected to one of the back USB ports, use the front one. Hopefully it'll work much better.
-Chase
 

ITASOR

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This happens with my USB Maxtor One Touch when I plug it into my nonpowered USB hub along with some other things like my wireless mouse receiver and stuff.
 

EvilDoc

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haha ya that worked but now i have a new question.. i just plugged the usb drive directly to my mac, now theres Zero problems with transfers but iam wondering about the network and why i cant see the usb drive from my windows laptop....
 

rendezvouscp

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Aug 20, 2003
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EvilDoc said:
haha ya that worked but now i have a new question.. i just plugged the usb drive directly to my mac, now theres Zero problems with transfers but iam wondering about the network and why i cant see the usb drive from my windows laptop....
That's good that it worked. I'd make a new thread about the network, but I'd check the GUIDE: Networking Windows with OS X and see if anything there can't help.
-Chase
 
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