Finding the file system format, Lacie d2 quadra, User manual – LaCie FireWire 800 User Manual

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3.1. Finding the File System Format

You may need to know the current file system format of your
LaCie hard disk if:

You want to reformat your LaCie hard disk. The current
file system format may determine the process you’ll use to
reformat it.

The LaCie hard disk does not appear to mount on your
computer. In this case, the file system format may prevent
your operating system from recognizing the LaCie hard
disk (ex. If you connect a hard disk formatted in HFS+ to
a Windows computer).

Windows Users

1. Right-click My Computer and select

Manage from the

right-click options menu. The Computer Management
window opens.

2. Select

Disk Management under Storage (you may

have to expand the Storage list to see the Disk Man-
agement option). Information about all storage devices
connected to your computer appears in the right hand

3. Find the disk corresponding to your LaCie hard disk.


“Disk 0” is your computer’s internal hard disk. If

other storage devices are connected to your computer,
refer to the disk information in the upper pane to deter-
mine which disk is your LaCie hard disk.

4. The File System column in the upper pane lists the

file system of each disk. Disks are listed as “NTFS”,
“FAT32” or blank (if the file system format is not recog-
nizes, such as if it is HFS+).

Mac Users

1. Select

Utilites from the Go menu in Finder.

2. Open Disk Utility.

3. In the disk list on the left side of the Disk Utility window,

find the disk corresponding to your LaCie hard disk.

4. Each disk has at least two listings, one representing the

device itself and one representing each partition on the
disk. Select one of the lower, indented partitions.

5. Refer to the

Format line of the information area at the

bottom of the Disk Utility window.