Need to find Driver for old harddrive

May 8, 2009 at 15:36:39
Specs: Windows XP
Hi,
I have been using a 'Smart Disk' FireLite
portable hard drive on a Mac. It does not need
a power supply (only uses firewire) but on my
Windows XP it is not visible. It is powered up -
but does not turn up. I'm guessing I just need
a driver but have had no luck finding one. The
harddrive model number is FWFL60-N .

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks


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#1
May 8, 2009 at 15:40:03
If your firewire port is operational then look in Disk Management to see if the drive shows there.

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#2
May 8, 2009 at 15:56:23
thanks for the reply. Yes I can see it but should I partition it. I
have data on there that I do not want to erase. Will it be able
to work on both operating systems simultaneously?

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#3
May 8, 2009 at 16:04:35
Ask in the Mac forum. I think there is one format type that works with both Mac and PC but I know almost nothing about Macs.

If you have partitioning software you could partition it. However, you should always backup the data prior to partitioning.

Partitioning in WinXP will cause you to lose all the data currently on the drive.


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#4
May 9, 2009 at 05:23:16
In disk management if the drive shows up you may need to assign a drive letter to it to mount the drive.

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#5
May 9, 2009 at 06:11:13
Thanks for all the suggestions. I have a new problem since
mounting it on my windows machine (not formatting it - only
assigning a drive letter) it is not working working on any mac
computer. It now asks me if I want to 'initialize' it on the mac.
Maybe this is the part where I have to change forums. My hard drive is in limbo - can anyone help without me loosing the
data I have on there? Thanks

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#6
May 9, 2009 at 13:10:18
What file format does the drive use as default fat or ntfs? I assume your windows is xp or vista? They default to ntfs. I forget what mac uses. Are you trying to use the smart drive as a portable for file xfers?

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#7
May 9, 2009 at 13:17:33
I think othehill is correct about the 1 crossplatform file type but you can also partition the drive into 2 file type partitions. I would do that on the mac as mac can format to fat32

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#8
May 9, 2009 at 14:54:03
I did a quick search and found some free Mac recovery tools, I have no idea how good they are, but here's the link.
http://freedownloadmanager.org/down...

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