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December 15, 2011 1:28:14 PM

Is there a way to reformat a 1 TB external hard drive for Windows once it's been used on a Mac? I have Windows 7. Thanks.
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December 15, 2011 1:34:29 PM

Yes, but you will lose the data. Just right click on the drive in windows explorer and choose format

In general, to use the hard drive with both Windows and Mac then format it as exFAT.
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December 15, 2011 1:49:16 PM

Right click, format won't work?
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December 21, 2011 11:07:19 PM

I have no problem with whatever data is on the drive, but it doesn't even show up in windows explorer -- just on the devices list.

I'm in Windows 7. So it's a mystery. Not an urgent thing, but I'm very curious why this is happening.

Thanks!


jsrudd said:
Yes, but you will lose the data. Just right click on the drive in windows explorer and choose format

In general, to use the hard drive with both Windows and Mac then format it as exFAT.

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December 22, 2011 7:03:34 AM

Back-up all your files, then click format.
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December 22, 2011 10:40:30 AM

It does not show up at all in windows explorer. Device manager yes, windows explorer no.
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December 22, 2011 11:12:48 AM

You need to go into disk management and initialize/format the drive from there, then it will show up in windows explorer and "my computer".
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December 22, 2011 11:17:09 AM

Go to Start;settings;control panel;administrative tools;Computer management;storage

If you see your drive here, check to see that it is assigned a drive letter. Assign one if it doesn't have one.

You should be able to "see" it now.
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December 22, 2011 11:20:08 AM

clarkjd said:
Go to Start;settings;control panel;administrative tools;Computer management;storage

If you see your drive here, check to see that it is assigned a drive letter. Assign one if it doesn't have one.

You should be able to "see" it now.


Mac uses HFS, so he can't just assign a drive letter to it. It will need repartitioned and formatted to NTFS, thus my instructions above to initialize the drive in disk management.
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December 22, 2011 11:25:21 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
Mac uses HFS, so he can't just assign a drive letter to it. It will need repartitioned and formatted to NTFS, thus my instructions above to initialize the drive in disk management.


You should be able to do all that from the computer management/storage window. Right click on the disk to bring up that menu.

OOPs! My bad! you need to go one level deeper. Disk Management is listed under Storage. My apologies!
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December 22, 2011 11:27:18 AM

clarkjd said:
You should be able to do all that from the computer management/storage window. Right click on the disk to bring up that menu.


Yes, I've said disk management since my first post, at least twice now. You keep repaeating it.
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December 22, 2011 12:54:54 PM

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December 22, 2011 12:55:52 PM

Got it! Thanks so much for your help.


Hawkeye22 said:
You need to go into disk management and initialize/format the drive from there, then it will show up in windows explorer and "my computer".

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December 25, 2011 11:24:30 AM

Thank you - this worked! I appreciate your help so much.


Hawkeye22 said:
You need to go into disk management and initialize/format the drive from there, then it will show up in windows explorer and "my computer".

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