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Old November 15th, 2006, 10:40 AM   #1
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My new LaCie D2

I just brought this external hard drive and I am trying too take all the stuff i need from my Laptop PC and move it to my new Mac book pro. But after installing the driver, I can't get the drive to appear on the My Computer menu. It has installed because it appears on the device manager section, but i can't do anything with the drive from here.

When I put it into the Mac it appears on the desktop straight away so it can't be the drive.

I know the mac and pc require different formats, but i need to get the drive up in My Computer so I can format it to a PC and Mac friendly format.

Please Please Please help, I have kicked everything around the house and I'm so annoyed.

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Old November 15th, 2006, 12:07 PM   #2
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hmmm... try turning computer on first, without having hard drive plugged into laptop, and keep hard drive powered off....

then power up hard drive, give it a sec, and plug into (firewire or USB)
on the Macbook.

that worked for me on a HD that i formatted on another computer.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 12:21 AM   #3
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G'day Ben,

You should be able format the drive as FAT32 under OS X. I can't remember the exact process, but you can use the disk utility to do it (/Applications/Utilities).

A breif warning on FAT32. While both OS X and Windows (and just about anything else) will read it happily, it does have a 4GB file size limit. So if you are planning on storing files that big (or bigger) on there, you'll need something else.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 12:22 AM   #4
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G'day Ben,

You should be able format the drive as FAT32 under OS X. I can't remember the exact process, but you can use the disk utility to do it (/Applications/Utilities).

A breif warning on FAT32. While both OS X and Windows (and just about anything else) will read it happily, it does have a 4GB file size limit. So if you are planning on storing files that big (or bigger) on there, you'll need something else.
Obviously you'll need to have the disk attached to your Mac and running before you can see it in the Disk Utility.

Also, I just found the following:

http://www.appleswitcher.com/viewtopic.php?t=12670

Someone there is attempting to do the same thing.
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