External Hard Drive problem

By stevengoldstein
Jul 5, 2009
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  1. I have a Seagate Freeagent 250 GB hard drive that I have in an external casing. When I plug it into my laptop, it recognizes that something is plugged in but nothing else shows up. I unmapped a mapped drive so that isn't the problem. I have Windows Vista and when I plug it into a Mac, it works. Can anyone help me?
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,279   +152

  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    When it was first used, was it setup on a Mac or PC? It might be partitioned and formatted in a way that Windows cannot understand it. It needs to be FAT32 for read/write compatibility with both Mac OS and Windows.
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