MacBook Pro :: Formatting Portable Hard Drive?

Mar 12, 2012

My MacBook Pro won't recognize my portable hard drive, so I can't format it.

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MacBook Pro :: What Portable Hard Drive Everyone Using Here?

Aug 14, 2010

what hard drive is everyone using with their macbook pro? I am in this market for a portable external but alot of the reviews aren't that convincing. Looking for a rugged type ..500gb and higher.

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MacBook Pro :: Portable Hard Drive Not Working With USB Hub?

Aug 31, 2010

I recently purchased this Portable (iomega) 500GB hard drive. I just realized it only works on my Mac's USB ports, but not with my USB Hub. Does it exceed the power limit of the USB Hub? I don't see how it is possible, because I currently have nothing else plugged into it, and it uses a power adapter.

It worked with my old Hard Drive, which is big and uses a power adapter. Now it doesn't seem to work. Also I tried on just a USB adapter that makes the cable longer, still doesn't work. Only the MBP ports work! However, the hub works for things such as phone charger, and speakers right now.

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MacBook :: Faulty Portable Hard Drive?

Jan 23, 2009

I have a WD 320gb portable hard drive which has been formatted as Journaled for about 3 months. Just yesterday i decided to format the 320gb hd as FAT32 as i heard that Mac disk utility is able to format this type in excess of the 32gb that windows is able too. This now allowed me to have the HD be read by Mac and windows with ease, or so i thought. So i did that, and copied all my data onto it and ever since it has been a bit patchy.. The drive is recognised instantly by windows computers and functions fine but when plugged into my macbook sometimes it will not display at all, other times it will take a long time to read, and in other cases it will function perfectly. When the drive refuses to be read by mac I checked disk utility and it shows that the HD is definately connected but just wont show up on my desktop.

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MacBook Pro :: Portable Hard Drive Can Be Used To Store Media

Dec 7, 2010

I am new to Mac OS. I have a new MBP 15'. I have bought a Western Digital 750GB hard drive and I even used it once to back up using Time Machine. Now I was thinking that Can I use the same hard drive on Windows and Mac both to store media? At present as it is formatted in Mac OS (Extended ) format, I think it is not recognised by Windows. But can we create such partitions of the portable drive that one of the partition can be used for Time Machine back ups and other one as FAT32 for media storage from both Windows and Mac?

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MacBook :: Best External Portable Hard Drive - Any Recommendations?

Sep 29, 2009

I have a late 2007 150 GB Macbook Black. I'd like to finally backup my data and also use it for games or other storage to play directly from, cause I'm almost out of room on my my Macbook. What kind of portable hard drive do you use, or recommend?

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MacBook Pro :: Best Portable External Hard Drive Interface?

Mar 29, 2012

I have a MacBook Pro (just got it this year) and I need a portable external hard drive. I also want to use it on my PC. Which interface would you suggest? I am not sure which connections my PC has but I know it has USB 3.0. Is there an interface on my MacBook that's faster than USB 3.0? If so, I might forget about connecting it to my PC, assuming it's significantly faster.

MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Delete Files From A Portable Hard Drive?

Mar 31, 2012

I've been backing up my MacBook Pro on an external portable hard drive. I need to delete some but not all the files from that portable hard drive permanently. When I highlight them and click to move them to Trash I get a message telling me this cannot be done because they are Read Only files? How do I go about it. I am required by work to delete them off this hard drive. Do I have to reformat the hard drive? If so how do I go about it?

MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro :: Move Files From A Portable Hard Drive To It?

Jun 30, 2012

I recently got myself a MacBook Pro and I'm having problems transferring files from my old Windows XP based laptop. I downloaded the Windows Migration Assistant onto my old laptop but everytime I tried to run it I got various error messages telling me I needed to upgrade this and that. Now the laptop has decided to give in totally and won't switch on at all! I do have all my music etc backed up onto an external hard drive but when I connect it to my MacBook it just doesn't want to know, I assume as all the data on there is formatted as Windows.

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Transferring Large Files To Portable Hard Drive

Sep 10, 2010

Got a slight problem transferring files from my Macbook Pro to my portable hard drive. My portable hard drive is partitioned into NTFS and FAT 32. The files are over 4gb big so ultimately I cant copy it to the FAT 32 partion and NTFS doesnt seem to work with mac books

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MacBook Air :: Compatible Portable Hard Drive With High Capacity

Oct 30, 2010

I am looking for a portable hard-drive which matches low-weight and great capacity. I would like to use it for TimeMachine and as a collector for movies, photos, songs and DMGs. There are any hard drive which matches my needs at the Apple's store?! Next question, which file-system is better to use: Fat or Apple's ?!

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MacBook Pro :: Store Photos On A Portable External Hard Drive?

Jun 20, 2012

I want to move my photos from my laptop to an external hard drive.  I already own a Seagate which is formatted for a PC, with photos already on it.  I do not want to lose those photos and have been told by Apple tech that the seagate can be reformatted for mac.  How do I do this without losing the PC photos already on it.  Is there any difference between photos transferred from a PC or a MAC ?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Doesn't Recognize Portable Hard Drive Anymore

Jun 21, 2014

To provide some background on my issue, my portable hard drive format was NTFS, and I wished for it to be FAT-32.  I was trying to transfer some files over from my Windows computer to my Mac, however it wouldn't work due to the formatting.  To change the formatting, I used some third-party software and started the conversion (without formatting the drive so that I could keep all my files) however mid way through the process, my stupid laptop entered sleep mode and stopped everything.   

When I tried to re-plug the hard drive in my Mac, it didn't show up in the finder, but the Disk Utility did find it.  The model I have is the iStorage DiskGenie portable hard drive.   

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MacBook :: Wipe Everything Without Formatting Hard Drive?

Jul 25, 2009

I'm selling my old white Macbook so I can purchase the new Unibody one. I wasn't sure how exactly to "wipe" my old hard drive on Mac. Do I have to install the OS all over again? Did my Macbook come with the disc so I could do this? If not, is there a way to wipe everything without formatting the hard drive?

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting Hard Drive Using FireWire?

Apr 9, 2012

I'm selling my Macbook Pro and the buyer said when formatting my harddrive, I don't need to reinstall the OS (10.6.8) because he is going to install 10.7 on it. This is good news for me because I don't have the OS installation disk anymore. I read somewhere that it could be possible to format my hard drive using another Mac (my roommate has a Macbook so that works) but I can't seem to find exact instructions.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook :: Formatting New Hard Drive For OS X Installation?

May 7, 2012

I asked about running Snow Leopard on my mac after a hard drive fail. I'm having issues with formatting a new hard drive in my mac. I have a 2007 black macbook and I'm trying to run a 160gb SATA seagate hard drive. After replacing this hard drive, I booted my mac up from cd, ran through setup fine until I got to the 'select a drive to install to' - the point where my hard drive should be visible. Nothing there at all. Nothing to click on in the box. My question is, is there a process I need to undertake to format the hard drive or is this an indicator of a much bigger problem?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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MacBook :: Installing And Formatting A New Hard Drive?

Jun 9, 2012

My hard drive died last week on my MacBook and I failed to back up anything forever the last couple of months. Anyway, I took it to the genius bar and they confirmed its death, and showed me how to replace it. I decided to go ahead and do so on my own, and also upgraded the memory while I was in there.  I also decided to upgrade to lion since my DVD drive was giving me trouble and it'd be easier to use the USB - and yes the computer meets the requirements for Lion.The problem is that when I try to boot up to format the HD, I only get a black screen. No disk utility when holding option, nothing. What am I doing wrong?

MacBook (13-inch Mid 2007)

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting My Hard Drive And Installing Leopard?

Dec 26, 2007

I think I'm going to format my hard drive to delete everything from it and start fresh with leopard. I already have leopard installed, but I think I should just format my hard drive (after backing up what I truly need like my music and other files) and then just install leopard.

Question, I have read that I go to disk utility to do this (format and install leopard), is this correct? If so, what else do I need to know before I do this?

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting External Hard Drive / Using Fat Or Fat32?

Jan 24, 2010

I just bout this Western Digital External Hard drive, Passport SE. Anyways, I formatted it to MS-DOS (FAT) so I can use on mac and/or windows. One of the other main reasons I bought it was so I could use it to watch videos on my Xbox 360.

Now I've seen tutorials online with windows how to re-format it to FAT32 so it works properly on xbox 360 but cannot figure it out on mac? On some of the tutorials they use certain programs to do it, is there something like that for mac I can download? Is fat32 and fat the same? I know there has to be a way for me to be able to format it to FAT32 using mac.

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MacBook :: How To Synchronize Again Devices After Formatting Hard Drive

Jun 14, 2012

How I synchronize again devices after formating harddrive?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: WD Portable Hard Drive Reformat?

Oct 1, 2009

I have a WD Passport Portable hard drive which I use as a Time Machine for my iMac.I'm close to filling it up and I will be getting a bigger hard drive for it.I would like to use my WD hard drive again on my daughters PC so she can save her school work. I know it needs to be re-formatted to work with a PC again but I dont know how to do it.

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting External Hard Drive For Apple And Windows

May 16, 2012

Ive recently purchased a new external hard drive. I plan to use it on both Apple and Windows OS. 

I was told that if I do, then i could corrupt the files/data that I will be accessing on both computers. 

Is there a "universal" format for an external drive which would prevent/avoid this kind of thing happening ? How should i format it or which format should i use so that i can use the drive both OS ?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7)

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Windows On Mac :: Possible To Put Bootcamp On Portable Hard Drive?

Dec 5, 2010

Can I put boot camp onto a portable/external HDD and change boot options to run the HDD on start up? I have a very new macbook (its my first mac), so don't want to start messing around with partitions etc., as I am very new to macs...

I'm also wondering if there is a Linux/Ubuntu emulator available for the mac? And if there is one, would it be possible to partition an external hardrive into three segments, one for Bootcamp, one for Linux, and one for time capsule?

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Hardware :: Using Firewire And USB On A Portable Hard Drive

Jan 9, 2011

With a firewire drive, can I have the drive hooked up to my iMac via firewire, but also have it accessed through USB to my Time Capsule for wireless access?

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MacBook :: Formatting External Hard Drives / Format Main Or Sub-drive?

Apr 8, 2010

got a real basic question to ask and you're gonna think im an idiot for asking...I just bought a 320gb western digital elements hard drive and want to reformat it so that its compatible for both mac and pc's. i intend to format it as NTFS-3G as it would allow me to use it on the 2 platforms without having the 4GB file size restriction that fat32 has, anyway.....

when I go to reformat my external hard drive in disk utility, I see my external hard drive to the left, and there's a "sub" hard drive as a child of the external hd listed uppermost. just wandering which one of the two do i select before going to Erase>Windows NT filesystem (NTFS-3G)>erase? Do I select the uppermost drive and erase that or the lower one? or both

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Hardware :: USB Portable Hard Drive Interface With Apple And PC?

Nov 7, 2008

I want to transfer Word files between my PC at work and iMac at home. Will a portable USB hard drive interface with both?

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OS X :: How To Backup Address Book To A Portable Hard Drive

Oct 26, 2010

I just recently bought a LaCie 500GB Rikki portable hard drive. Anyways I'm trying to back up my Address Book to it. So I drag the Address Book to the hard drive thinking it would back up all my contacts. Went to test it on my wife's MacBook Pro, it just shows her contacts in there and not mine. What am I doing wrong?

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Hardware :: Best Portable Hard Drive For Time Machine?

Feb 4, 2010

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or preferences on a good 500gb (or more) portable hard drive for Time Machine on my Macbook. I need it to be portable because I travel quite a bit.

I have been looking at the Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905003FAA2E1-RK but I can't tell a) if this will work for my macbook and b) if it will work for Time Machine.

Any thoughts or recommendations? Would any portable hard drive that I buy on Amazon work for Time Machine?

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Software :: USB Portable Hard Drive Not Recognized By IBook G4

Jun 7, 2008

I recently received a 'phillips usb 2.0 200gig portable storage drive. I managed to get it be recognized by my ibook g4 once and so I reformatted it for mac. Now when I try to plug it in nothing happens and it isn't found when I try disk utility. The funny thing is. When I plug it into my sisters macbook pro it is instantly found, mounted on the desktop and works as it should.

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting External Hard Drive - Format Using Extended Or Free Space?

Jul 27, 2010

I just got my new Seagate 640gb external hard drive and am in the process of formatting it on my MBP. However, I am not sure which format to do? My main use for the hard drive is for transferring media files back and forth between my MBP and PC using just one partition on the drive. I already know I'm not supposed to pick 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' because I believe that is to use it as a boot drive. So should I pick 'Mac OS Extended' or maybe 'Free Space'?

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