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Cant access External Hard drive, will populate erase it?


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st22

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Hi,

I have a LACIE external hard drive. today i copied files onto it from a MAC, the hard drive is recognised by the MAC when i plug it in and turn it on, and is accessable.

now the problem.. i have connected it to my PC, the computer recognises the drive, although it does not appear in "my computer" i am unable to access it.

i have gone to the properties of the device, and under "volumes" every item is blank, Disk, Type, Status, Partition Style, Capacity, Unallocated space, Reserved space (with a "-"),

there is a button to click "Populate"... i am worried by clicking this it may erase the data on the drive...

what is the result of clicking "Populate"?

This is consistant on my other PC (Windows XP),

its connected via firewire

Thank you.

Edited by st22, 06 June 2006 - 06:31 AM.

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dsenette

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populate won't hurt anything...it just populates the list....unfortuately...i would assume that the drive was formatted in a way for the MAC to read the drive...which is probably why windows isn't detecting it....it's looking for a windows file system...and to windows..the mac file system is garbage.. of course this is assuming that you connected the drive to the mac and it formetted it with HFS...(which i assume is what it did)
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st22

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thank you. your correct. i will have to take it to a mac, then transfer the files to my ipod or some other device windows will work with.
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