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Old 01-16-2009, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Now I see why people pay for Time Capsule

My 750GB Seagate drive evidently cannot be formatted to run on a Mac under Leopard. It has been sitting here for months, but I just tried to set it up, but cannot erase and reformat the drive for Mac Extended Journaled.

I found several discussions about this problem with this drive and with the Western Digital MyBook. They advise to plug/unplug, boot/reboot, and partitition the drive instead of formatting in in one volume, but after an hour or so of screwing around like this, I quit.

Disk Utility starts the job, then after 15 seconds or so delivers this error: File System Formatter Failed. I was able to partition the drive at one point, but I just put in 4 partitions that I didn’t want. When it seemed to work, I tried to erase and was back to square one. Disk First Aid also fails.

Another PC drive that I reformatted on the G4 works fine under Leopard. (It is smaller, though — a mere 250 GB.) So I suppose I could try formatting the big on on the G4. But now I suspect it altogether (even though this seems to be a common occurrence).

Any advice or suggestions? I was really psyched to set up Time Machine, too.

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