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Disk Utility does not display my drives (Mac)

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How do I format my disk drive for use on MacOS X?

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I can't safely remove my Fantom Drives disk. When I try, I get the message “The disk "my disk” is in use and could not be ejected. Try quitting applications and try again." What can I do?

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I have a disk I use on my PC. When I connect it to my mac, it's showing up "read only".

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Disks formatted as NTFS will be available for Macintosh computers in read only mode. NTFS has limited compatibility with Mac OS natively (requires 10.4 and newer, read only.) Full read/write compabitility can be achieved using NTFS-3G (Free) or it more featured commercial version, Tuxera. You can find information on both here: http://www.tuxera.com

Full interoperability for both Windows and Mac systems have two strategies:

1. Format the disk HFS+ (Mac native)

 

HFS Plus or HFS+ is a file system developed by Apple Inc. to replace their Hierarchical File System (HFS) as the primary file system used in Macintosh computers. HFS Plus is an improved version of HFS, supporting much larger files (block addresses are 32-bit length instead of 16-bit) and using Unicode (instead of Mac OS Roman or any of several other character sets) for naming the items (files, folders.)
 
HFS+ volumes can be accessed by Windows machines using third party software such as MacDrive from MediaFour, www.mediafour.com.  
 
2. Format the disk NTFS (Windows native)
NTFS is the best and most current file system for Windows hosts; NTFS has several improvements over FAT and HPFS (High Performance File System) such as improved support for metadata and the use of advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, plus additional extensions such as security access control lists (ACL) and file system journaling.
 
NTFS has limited compatibility with Mac OS natively (requires 10.4 and newer, read only.) Full read/write compabitility can be achieved using NTFS-3G (Free) or it more featured commercial version, Tuxera. You can find information on both here: http://www.tuxera.com/
 
Please be aware that these solutions are not endorsed by Microsoft(R), Apple(R), or Micronet/Fantom Drives.

Author: Caleb Sapp
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I'm trying to copy files to/from FAT32 volumes or network shares, and it keeps failing.

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My computer does not recognize the Drive.

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My Macintosh computer is unable to format my 1.0tb (or larger) external hard disk.

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Since upgrading/installing Mac OS X 10.7.x, I can no longer access my NAS by AFP, and can't use Time Machine.

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When formatting my MegaDisk MDEXXXX external eSATA/USB hard disk on my Mac OS 10.5.x or 10.4.x computer I receive the error message "Resource is busy" or "Input / Output error" and cannot complete the format.

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When I leave my computer idle and return a short while later my drive does not work properly.

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