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 :: 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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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 :: 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 :: 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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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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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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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 :: 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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OS X :: External Hard Drive Or Reformat Old One?

Jan 18, 2010

On my vista / xp machines, I have several external hard drives, Seagate, WD, HP, and 1 enclosure kit which contains some old internal hard drive.I don't really need all these drives on my VISTA/XP machines, as I'm trying to migrate to MAC.

I mostly use my mac for photos & creating home movies. So backing up the priceless pictures of my kids is critical.Do I really need to buy a MAC based external hard drive? or can i simply reformat one of my old drives to use on my mac. I know macs have their own file system (as pc's have fat32&ntfs).

Will apple time machine work with a generic re-formatted external hard drive.I also notice their are fewer choices for MAC ready external hard drives ...less specials than PC based externals.

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MacBook Pro :: Reformat My Hard Drive?

Feb 5, 2012

How do I reformat my hard drive?

Info:MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: How To Reformat Hard Drive (OS X 10.7.3)

Feb 16, 2012

How do you reformat a MacBook Pro (OS X 10.7.3) 2011s Hard drive? I already backed up all the files I wanted to save. But since I have the new Macbook pro 2011 (only a few months since I got it) it didn't come with an installation disc, but instead already came with all the applications. I'm wondering how to reformat the hard drive so it wipes out everything and I can start fresh and what would happen to all the applications?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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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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Hardware :: Portable Storage / Hard Drive To Store Pictures?

Jan 16, 2010

any suggestions on a portable storage or hard drive to store mostly pics, any particular names I should watch for? usb or firewire?

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Intel Mac :: Transfer Photos From Camera To Portable Hard Drive?

Mar 21, 2012

how do  I transfer photos from camera to portable hard drive then download them to Imac ?

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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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IMac :: How To Reformat My External Hard Drive

Sep 28, 2010

I have 2 WD External Hard Drive Im trying to copy files from one to the other it wont let me because its read only..

If i Reformat the one with the files so i can copy it using my imac would i lose my files in there?

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OS X :: New External Hard Drive Reformat Methods?

Jul 16, 2008

I've never done anything but plug a HD in and get right to work. Now that I've got an Apple, I'm a total nervous Nellie.I just got a WD external hard drive that is FAT32. I understand that the Mac can read/write this format. Would you recommend that I change it to HFS+ or should I leave well enough alone?

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Hardware :: How To Reformat External Hard Drive From PC To Mac

Apr 28, 2010

I have a SimpleTech external HD that I want to reformat from PC to Mac. I went to disk utilities and selected "erase", but it will not erase the HD so that I can reformat it.

I have since attached it to my PC, but do not know how to erase/reformat on a PC (I'm a Mac user that only uses my PC for running specific programs). How can I erase this hard drive and reformat it?

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Reformat The Hard Drive On MacBook Pro 10.5.8

Mar 27, 2012

how do i reformat the hard drive on my macBook Pro 10.5.8 - dvd player doesn't work - otherwise what is the best way to delete stuff off the hd  I want to keep the os on it.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Reformat External Hard Drive?

May 13, 2012

I have been using my Seagate external hard drive for movies on my Windows PC and now I have a MacBook. I want to add more movies from my Macbook to the hard drive but it's read only. I want to drag these movies to the harddrive without loosing what's already on there. Can I reformat without loosing everything?


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