Will the G-drive mobile work w/ PC?

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Will the G-drive mobile work w/ PC?

Postby thewolfe » Jun 22nd, '13, 13:32

I have a PC and would like to know if the G-Technology 1TB G-Drive Mobile USB 2.0 will work "out of the box" or if not will it format to NTSF?

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Re: Will the G-drive mobile work w/ PC?

Postby Dustin F » Jun 24th, '13, 07:03

Hi thewolfe,

Thanks for posting. G-Technology products are preformatted for MAC out of the box. The drive must be cleaned and formatted first before use on PC. Here is how to do that.

To format the drive from MAC to Windows format you must first find out the disk number associated with the drive.
• To do this press (Windows Key + R) this will bring up the run window.
• Type (cmd) into the box and click ok.
• This will open the command promt a black box with white text
• Type (diskpart) into the command prompt and hit enter
• Type (list disk) and hit enter. This will give you a list of the hard drives on the computer arranged by number and will list the capacity (the amount of data the drive can hold). The drive will usually be the last in the list. Check the capacity to verify. The G-Drive will always be a number higher than 0.
• Once you have the disk number type (select disk “x”) (substitute x for the drive number i.e. 1, 2, 3) command prompt will then say disk “x” is selected disk
• Type (clean) once you get a message saying the drive has finished cleaning you can close the window.
• Open disk management in most versions of windows click the start button place the mouse pointer over “Computer” or “My Computer” and right click. Then click manage. For Windows 8 press (Windows Key + X) then click “Disk Management”
• The computer management window will open, click “disk management” in the left column.
• Look for the disk number listed in the lower half of the window (you may want to maximize the window in order to see all drives easier.) The area next to the disk number should be black. Right click on the box with the drive number and click “initialize” If asked to select “MBR or “GPT” for partition style select “GPT” this message may appear after the next step instead if you are on XP
• Next right click on the black box to the right labeled “unallocated space” click “New Simple Volume” or “New Partition” (depending on your version of windows)
• A wizard window will open, click next select “Primary Partition” if asked (XP users) the maximum amount of space will be selected by default so just click next.
• It will say “Assign a drive letter or path” the default drive letter is fine, click next
• NTFS is the format you want and leave the default allocation unit size as is. Where is says “New Volume” you may type a name for the drive that will be familiar to you. Recommended is the product name (i.e. g-drive, g-raid, g-drive mini) Check the “Perform a quick format” box and click next
• Click “Finish” the drive will take a moment to format, once the partition is listed as “Healthy” in disk management the drive will be ready to use and can be found in computer.

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Re: Will the G-drive mobile work w/ PC?

Postby thewolfe » Jun 28th, '13, 07:10

Dustin F,

That was a great tutorial. You didn't miss a step and it went smoothly with out a hitch.



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