Does Windows 7 support fire wire?

#1
Here is my predicament. I have a LaCie 160G Porsche external hard drive that was formatted for a Mac (my daughter used it for a collage class I don’t own a Mac or have access to one). What I want to do is reformat it so I can use it on my PC. I have tried to use UBUNTU to try and format it but it does not see the drive. I have also plugged it into my PC and Windows7 does not see it or say anything about new hardware.
What I think maybe the problem is that Windows 7 does not see the fire wire correctly. When I go to device manager it shows up there with no error symbols. Any suggestions? I just want to get some use out of the drive besides a dust collector or paperweight. Don’t suggest use it for a boat anchor, not heavy enough.
 


#2
any ideas?
 


Saltgrass

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#5
If my link to Iomega does not work correctly, click on the Format Drive on the bottom and look for the section about formatting a MAC formatted drive to NTFS on a PC
 


#6
I have not tried to open the case.
I was able to remove the drive from the case. Not at all hard to do. What I found inside was a Western Digital hard drive. I guess lacie only makes the cases. I will have to go buy a cable and try to format it now.
 


Saltgrass

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#7
Did you ever try the procedure on the iomega page for reformatting the drive?
 


#8
I have not tried to open the case.
Did you ever try the procedure on the iomega page for reformatting the drive?
I never could get it to vene show the drive. Still waiting to get a cable. I will try it once i get the IDE cable.
 


#9
I got the IDE cable, installed the drive. Then booted into windows 7 and it actually saw thew files on the drive, even though the drive was formatted for a Mac. I then reformatted the drive and now all is well. I now have 160g drive for backup.
 


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