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Old 11-30-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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Hey guys i have a Western Digital Passport external hard drive i plugged it into a Mac copied some files and now my PC recognizes it but it won't display it in my computer is there anyway that i can reformat it so that i can use it on my PC again anything would help at this point apps, cmd hints ANYTHING!!!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW DESPERATE I AM AT THIS POINT!!!!!!
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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If you format it, you will lose the files !!! I am pretty sure that the differing file systems between Mac and PC will make it where you cannot switch the hard drive between the two. I think you are out of luck.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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Where's 01001010 when you need him?!
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:12 AM   #5
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If you didn't format your passport when you got it then it should be in a FAT based file system which can be read by macs and pc's. I know if you format to NTFS a mac shouldn't be able to use it. I'm not sure why a PC wouldn't be able to get at it. Do you know what kind of file system the hard drive is in?
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:50 AM   #6
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I formatted the external to MS-DOS
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:53 AM   #7
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FOrmat it to FAT32...it's a universal format...like usb jump drives...that should work with mac...and pc...at...the...same.......time.........
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:54 AM   #8
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The problem is the external HDD won't show up in my computer
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does it show up in disk management (Control Panel\Administrative Tools\computer management) ?
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does it show up in disk management (Control Panel\Administrative Tools\computer management) ?
do the above and look for something along the lines of import foreign data..
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