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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have a external Hard drive and i used it on my mac and formatted it on Mac OSX, can i somehow reformat or something to use it on my pc now? I took all my data off from when i had it for my mac
post #2 of 10
So there is no data on the drive now right?

Just plug it in the PC ad right click the drive under My computer and click format.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Okay I will try that thanks!
post #4 of 10
Yup just do what Sean said. If you want the drive to be usable optimally for PC, format it as NTFS. If you want to use it with a Mac, format it as FAT32. Just know that if you format as FAT32, you will be unable to write files to the drive that are larger than 4 GB (it's a restriction in the file system itself).
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
It does not show anything except my Ipod, C drive, and DVD-RW drive
post #6 of 10
If you're in Windows 7, go to Start menu and then search for "disk management". An option will show up "Create and format hard disk partitions". Click on that and it should show you all of the drives connected to your system. Your external drive should show up there and you will be able to right click on it and format it to NTFS. It will then assign the disk a drive letter and you should be able to see it on your computer.

Make sure you format the correct drive though!
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Crucial C300 128GB + 3x 1TB Spinpoint F3 RAID0 2x ASUS 24x DVD+-RW/DL Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 
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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ok It shows my C drive in the program then it shows another drive but there is no name i right click to format it and it says windows can not format the system partition on this disk, but it does give me an option to create a volume on it, should i do that?
post #8 of 10
hmm, this?

Just a quick guide on how to do this.

  1. Install disk in your PC and boot up
  2. Once at the desktop open the Start Menu, in the search line, type Disk Management and press Enter
  3. Right click the newly added drive under where it says your disk # you want to initialize
    324
  4. Now click initialize
  5. Create a new dynamic or GPT disk then
  6. Create a new simple partition then format

Now you can use your new HDD!

If not, then you should try booting with the windows install disk and use diskpart.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
That worked Thank you so much!
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That worked Thank you so much!

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