PC Hardware forum

General discussion

How do I reformat a LaCie external HD for Vista?

by yiwakawa / March 22, 2007 4:36 PM PDT

Hi I wanted to know what the best way to reformat a LaCie HD from a Mac format to a Windows Vista format is? I have the LaCie big disk 500GB with firewire and USB.
I'm using a format program on my Mac thats making the LaCie into a MS-DOS file system. Will this work or do I need to try something new?

Thank you for your help.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: How do I reformat a LaCie external HD for Vista?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: How do I reformat a LaCie external HD for Vista?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
i have a suggestion
by denni0302 / March 22, 2007 8:55 PM PDT

im not quite sure this would work, but with my hdd [just a normal sata hdd] i go into cmd type convert [drive letter]:/FS:NTFS then if it says Convert cannot gain exclusive access to the drive_letter:, so it cannot convert it now. Would you like to schedule it to be converted the next time the system restarts (Y/N)? press y then restart your computer and then it should be done. may go through a screen before the welcome screen

Collapse -
Got it to work.
by yiwakawa / March 23, 2007 2:34 AM PDT
In reply to: i have a suggestion

OK the format that the iMac made on the LaCie worked with Vista, but when I right clicked on the LaCie Vista had a option to reformat the LaCie to the NTFS file system. I looked on the Microsoft's web site and they talked about how NTFS works with Vista, but don't work with earlier Microsoft OS? Since I'm only going to use Vista I think having a NTFS systems is not a bad deal with it's better reliability and stuff.

Again thank you for your help.

Collapse -
Yep, basically MS-DOS got put ot bed
by Ray Harinec / March 23, 2007 3:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Got it to work.

with XP. XP could use either FAT 32 or NTFS, however FAT 32 cannot read NTFS, but NTFS can read FAT 32 with no problems.

Collapse -
Great got it!
by yiwakawa / March 23, 2007 1:58 PM PDT

Thanks for the information people. It helped a lot.

One more thing do any of you know how to get my external hard drive to sleep when my computer sleeps? When I had it on my Mac the external went to sleep, but on the Vista it don't.

Thank you.

Collapse -
NTFS when secured is ROCK SOLID
by ask4anu / March 23, 2007 2:14 PM PDT

spanned across a RAID ARRAY



Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


We are giving away 'Black Panther' swag!

Four lucky readers will be taking home *Marvel*ous "Black Panther" prizes, including magazines autographed by the King of Wakanda himself! Giveaway ends Feb. 25, 2018.