I have a Seagate 2 TB usb external hard drive that I use for karaoke on my macbook pro. I now need to access that song library on a PC tower running WinXp Pro. I created a large partition on the drive, formated as FAT (so both could read it), but the PC only recognized it under device manager, not as a hardrive. I then reformated the partition to NTFS, but got the same result.
Device manager sees the drive as " Seagate desktop USB device" with MBR filesys and 0 space unallocated.
Disk manager reads it as a blank drive with "GPT protective partition"
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I suggest going to someone who has a mac and grab your file from there. Because it's a protective partition, you need to re-format it. It is formatted as a linux partition instead of a windows partition.
Thanks for the input, I still have the macbook, I made the new partition to allow the pc to run my mac's karaoke library, and I was trying to avoid buying a 2nd hard drive (I kinda thought the 2TB would be the last one I bought for this decade, lol)
Yeah, I figured the sub system on the HD was linux or mac-only. hmmm. if I can save my data elsewhere , can I reformat the whole disk as ntfs, and THEN make a partition for HFS? (the reverse of what im trying now)
It seems WinXP doesn't recognize the subsystem/partition table of the mac-formated drive, regardless of the partition format. If I had originally formatted the drive as FAT, it would've been fine. Once I find a place to park my data, I will try 1st
reformat NTFS , with HFS partition.
Then I will try FAT and see if they both read. I will post results here for future reference.
I'm mostly just annoyed that iPartition did not warn me of this when I chose to create an unrecognizable table/partition/filesys path. Its like I paid a translator to help me talk to someone in China, and they just said "pong tow book wong gooey" and took my $. lol