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Old 09-03-2012, 08:22 PM #1
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Anyone good with formatting EHDs or making drivers play nice with each other?

I've got an old WD Passport external HD I'm trying to use on my laptop running Windows7. The HD was previously formatted for a Mac but was supposedly reformatted with a Linux PC. My problem is that the once plugged in (HD powers up/disc spins/obv working), Windows7 isn't recognizing it. It's not shown as a driver in my computer. I looked it up with the disc mgmt and it's showing the HD, but is not letting me access or edit anything on the HD. Any help would be appreciated

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:43 PM #2
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I believe if you click on the drive in DM, go to actions, and do a quick format to NTFS or something it'll work.

Could be wrong; it's been a while since I've done stuff with DM
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:49 PM #3
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Yeah, if it's not showing up in Computer but it's in disk management, it's probably not formatted properly for Windows to read it. Whoever formatted it on that Linux box probably left it as EXT5 or something like that. Delete both of the existing partitions, then create a new partition using the full drive. (not sure if it'll give you a choice, but you want to make it a simple volume, and format it as NTFS) You can do all that by right-clicking on the existing partitions and the free space, it's pretty straightforward.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:02 PM #4
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Thanks, just had to delete the partitions
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