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Reformatting an OS X USB hard drive from Windows


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bobsacamano

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First post. I am not sure if this belongs in the Windows or Mac forum, but I imagine it is more relevant to the Windows forum, so here it goes:

I have a USB hard drive that was used with my Mac Mini for media storage. I no longer have the Mini, so I need to access/format the drive for use in Windows XP, the problem is, XP will not mount the drive so that I can format it. I installed a program called MacDrive which allowed me to access the files and transfer them to my internal hard-drive, but it would not allow me to format the drive, all I can do is treat it as an OS X drive and create a new OS X volume while keeping the same filesystem. I need to format the drive as an NTFS filesystem. I tried to be as specific as possible. Hopefully someone out there has dealt with this problem before.

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Update: I have tried the /FS command in DOS which didn't work.
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Do you know a friend who has a mac?

On a mac, you can format the external drive for using on a Windows PC.

Go here: http://www.techiecor...ac-and-windows/

Otherwise, using the 'Disk Management' tool in Windows XP Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Computer Management >> Disk Management may work if the external volume is shown. Right-click the volume and choose 'Assign Drive Letter'.
Then the 'Format' option should be available when you right-click again.
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