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I traded out my optical drive for an ssd with the hopes of installing Windows 7 Home using a legit disk (32-bit).  My attempts with using Boot Camp Assistant have led to a black screen with a blinking cursor.Assuming that Windows cannot load from the now external drive, is there another solution?

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Jul 1, 2012

Recently my PC with Windows XP crashed- it's old and the motherboard went. I had a full version of Windows XP on there, and I would like to know what I need to do in order to run Windows off of that hard drive (I've taken it out and have it in an enclosure). Ideally, I would like to be able to plug in this external drive, and start a program that will allow me to run Windows off of this drive.

I have downloaded a trial of Parallels Desktop, which seems like it will work, but it needs me to install a transporter on the Windows drive before it can migrate the drive. The problem is, I can't access my drive anymore since my PC is no longer broken.

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I am currently making the switch from Windows, I can't wait for my MacBook to arrive. My lovely Dell currently has a 320 GB HD that would prove a very nice external backup storage unit. I plan to remove it and find a case to mount and use it as such!

Only problem is, I'm fairly certain that I'll run into some compatibility issues and have never used an external HD.  I'm unsure of how the process works.  This is the HD in my personal laptop (only PC I own), so it's not like I have it hooked up to play around with as an external at the moment. 

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May 16, 2012

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Sep 30, 2009

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Feb 28, 2009

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Jun 1, 2010

I'm trying to access my WD Passport using firewire 800 on both Windows & Mac.

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3. MS DOS (FAT32)

I can access all partitions when running the MAC OS.
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I've tried going into windows disc manager and can see the disc as an unallocated drive with no partitions.

What I want to achieve is to have the one external drive like this;
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All without losing the existing backups on the drive.

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Jun 28, 2012

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Jul 13, 2009

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Mar 12, 2009

I have a Western Digital 500gb "My Book". I use it with my MacBook running Win XP Professional (via Parallels) and Mac OS X v10.5.6. Usually works, no problem, until recently: I wanted to save data from my Mac OS partition to the usb ext hard drive. I mounted the external drive. I created a new folder on the ext hard drive. I clicked and dragged. Then I get an error about "I/O error - write failed". Then I noticed an autorun.inf on my usb hard drive and a host.exe. I researched and saw that these are worms/virus. I tried several times to delete those files, and was finally successful. I also noticed that the folder I had just created to save data, would not delete. I also noticed a folder called "System Volume Information" and many sub folders, which would not delete. Since then, my external hard drive acts weird. On Windows, it freezes the operating system for long periods and will not open to reveal folders. I ran AVG Free on it in Windows, which discovered nothing.

I ran a few others (usb firewall, flash disinfector) and they do not discover anything malicious on this external drive. If I disconnect the external hard drive, everything runs smoothly. On Mac OS X, the ext drive mounts and opens, but my permissions are set to custom and I cannot change this (no check boxes visible). Plus the .mp3 files on this external hard drive cannot open (meaning they are not default to iTunes & using ctrl-click "open with" still will not let me select iTunes because its grayed out). It also looks like some of my data is missing from folders. I can see most of the data on this external hard drive, but what should I do to stabilize the external drive so I can get my precious data off and breathe again?

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Oct 12, 2009

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1) When I look at the disk in Windows Disk Administrator, there are two smaller "hidden" partitions that I did not create. I think they were created with the Mac formatted its partition.
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So, I can deal with problem #1 if those hidden partitions are necessary for the Mac. However, I really need to resolve problem #2. My initial guess is that it can't see the drive because when I partitioned the drive on the Mac, I did not choose "Master Boot Record", rather, I chose the one for Intel-based Macs.

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Dec 28, 2010

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I am able to view the files already on the drive on my mac, but cannot copy or paste any new ones.

I was wondering if there is a way to format it so it will work with my mac, or whether I shoud take it to a computer shop to be modified, or whether I should just take it back to the shop and try to get a different one?

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Mar 13, 2009

I have an Aluratek 60GB external harddrive.

I want to use it as storage for all my iTunes music. However, I would also like to be able to plug the hard drive (usb) into Windows computers to play my music.

I understand that it is possible to do this by formatting the drive as MS-DOS (FAT) using Disk Utility.

Okay, that's great.

Here's the problem:
I seem to somehow have damaged my harddrive (no idea how) so that I can't put more that 116.9mb of info on it before there is an error. However, when I partition off the first 4gb or so as free space, I have found that I can use the rest of the drive just fine.
BUUUT when partitioning the hard drive, the option for MS-DOS (FAT) is unavailable.

Do any of the other available formats work for both mac and pc? (I have Mac OS 10.5.6 and the other available formats appear to be: Mac Os X Extended (Journaled), Mac Os X Extended, Mac Os X Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled), Mac Os X Extended (Case-Sensitive), and, of course, Free Space.)

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