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External HD Formatting
Old 9th September 2007
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External HD Formatting

Someone help...
I don't know how this happened, or why it defaulted as such, but my external hard drive formatted to MS-Dos, and now I can't run ProTools files from it.

I erased everything in Disk Utility (I run OS 10.4.9), and tried to reformat it. But when I try to open up a ProTools file from it, or save one directly to it, it gives me that nonsense about playback volume.

I'm sure this is a super simple fix, but alas, I am a moron.
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Old 10th September 2007
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Was this a dumb question, or are you stumped?
Old 10th September 2007
Is disk utility still saying it's an MS-Dos partition, or is it now Mac os?

When you erase it, you need to set format to Mac OS Extended (journaled or non-journaled - I think these days it doesn't really matter, although non-journaled might be safer).

If it IS set correctly, then go into workspace (in protools window menu) and you'll see a little "P" for playback volume only next to the drive. change this to R for both video and audio and your problem should be solved
Old 10th September 2007
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I'm pretty sure the latest advice from Digi is to turn journaling on.

You will need to re-reformat the disk though as suggested above.
Old 10th September 2007
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ya, go extended journaled if your on macs.

or format FAT32 if you want to read/write on PC and MAC systems. the only downside to that is you can only write up to 4GB files on FAT32.

Mac will also read NTFS format, but will not let you write to the NTFS drive.
Old 11th September 2007
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Thanks a bunch fellas!
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