Windows won't read my external hd...

Dale Cooper

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Sep 20, 2005
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I have a LaCie external hd that's working fine with OSX (formatted in Mac Os X extended), but windows won't recognice it. Windows reports it as a "removable media", but when I try to "enter" it I'm asked to "Please insert a disc" (like with a floppy drive). Doesn't windows read Mac OSX Extended?
 

FragTek

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Dale Cooper said:
I have a LaCie external hd that's working fine with OSX (formatted in Mac Os X extended), but windows won't recognice it. Windows reports it as a "removable media", but when I try to "enter" it I'm asked to "Please insert a disc" (like with a floppy drive). Doesn't windows read Mac OSX Extended?
AFAIK Windows won't read anything formatted in a Mac file structure. Correct me if I'm wrong though!
 

FragTek

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realityisterror said:
You're right fragtek, but it is possible with this: http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive6/
Man that program brings back a few memories... I remember reading about that program quite some time ago in its very early stages. I rememberd thinking to myself "man that's awesome! now I can share files with my mac buddies".

Glad to see that they are still supporting it. I'll definately have to put that on my BootCamp drive so that I can access my music files on the FireLite!
 

x86

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You can format the drive into the FAT32 format in which both operating systems will read. I had a bit of trouble getting OS X to format FAT32 above the 4GB mark in the past, so I would recommend formatting it with Windows if you so choose. This way you don't have to spend any money. :)
 

frankblundt

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X should format FAT32 (it calls it MS-DOS i think) up to any size. It's actually Windows that won't let you format FAT32 beyond around 30GB (for some reason known only to MS) without a third-party app.

I have a 200GB drive in FAT32 (formatted on the Mac), with no issues on either side.

FAT32 does come with some limitations - most particularly the inability to take files larger than 4GB each (like DVD images)
 

Dale Cooper

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Thanks guys! Guess I'll try Macdrive, and then format if it doesn't work...
 

Temujin

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Dale Cooper said:
Thanks guys! Guess I'll try Macdrive, and then format if it doesn't work...
I've been using Macdrive for a while now. I use it when running Windows through Boot Camp, and when using my Lacie drive on my Windows system.

Check your Lacie bundled software. My Lacie drive was bundled with Macdrive.