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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #60 on: February 09, 2021, 01:36:07 PM »
Ok I think I'm going to use MS-Dot Fat?

what scheme would I use Master Boot Record?

hmm, I do have a PC would that be the place to initialize to NTFS?

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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #61 on: February 09, 2021, 01:45:11 PM »
Do not use MS-DOS Fat. You will hose all of your long filenames and you willl have a mess on your hands if you ever need go back and get any files from your backup. Not sure if your NAS can but mine can initialize the hard drive as NTFS. If yours will allow it do that. If not hook it up to a PC that can.
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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #62 on: February 09, 2021, 06:49:08 PM »
MS-FAT does not equal MS-Phat. It truncates to 8 digits, like in the days of yore. We have progressed since the dark ages and have expanded from 2 digit years to full length times and dates and filenames. I can't even imagine what wreck of a system still uses MS-FAT... probably still gorges itself on 128 oz. full sugar sodas and plastic straws. Just say NO!
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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #63 on: February 10, 2021, 10:15:48 AM »
OK I will check out the NAS but I'm thinking I need to do it on a PC
Thanks so much!
Just gonna take my time and learn to do this correctly

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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #64 on: February 16, 2021, 01:15:26 PM »
Not sure if I formatted correctly I formatted it on a PC
Not the PC I wanted to use so I can try again.
see screen shot of the Drive plugged into my Mac
I don't think it is correct not sure tho

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« Reply #65 on: February 16, 2021, 01:40:00 PM »
Tracy, I would let the NAS format it to whatever it wants even if the Mac won't read it because you should be to access the contents over the network when it is shared out of your NAS. Are you backing up from a Mac to the hard drive or from the NAS to the hard drive. I was assuming the latter. If you are backing up from the NAS to the hard drive hook it up directly to the NAS and let it do the backup because if you use your Mac to do the back up from the NAS to the hard drive hooked up to your Mac it has to backup across the network it will use Mac resources which will slow down both your Mac and the network. It is horribly inefficient to do it that way. But if you are backing up from the Mac to the hard drive use time machine and time machine will tell you it have to format the hard drive and time machine will do it the way it wants it.
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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #66 on: February 16, 2021, 02:08:26 PM »
Ok I understand what your saying I will attempt to format from the NAS
I'm not sure If I can format from my NAS, I will try viewing the drive from the NAS tomorrow
I got so busy lately I just want to work on this gosh darn it!!

worst case I will format the drives correctly on a PC and back up from the NAS to the Drives
I know I can do this as I am already doing backups from the NAS to an external USB Drive everyday

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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #67 on: March 04, 2021, 01:04:40 PM »
Ok Not looking like I can format the drives from my WD My Cloud Pro series NAS
I'm going to take all this home and format the Drives on my PC I bought last year
It's like one of those gaming PC's I bought for CAD, I'm sure it can format these drives

I connected the Drive to the NAS and was able to Name it and see it from the Mac
I will make sure I have those formatted correctly as it looks like I'm able to start moving files

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« Reply #68 on: March 04, 2021, 01:22:11 PM »
If you have it connected, you should be able to login to the unit via web browser, either through a generic admin login or through the ip address. Once in the Linux menu, formatting should be an option. Check the manual for the address.
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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #69 on: March 04, 2021, 01:42:32 PM »
I can see my WD and all the shares etc.. I don't see any options to format any drives there
I will check again but I googled and looked in the manual nothing about formatting any drives there
which is ok as long as I can format the drives I just bought!

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« Reply #70 on: March 04, 2021, 03:22:28 PM »
According to the manual for the WD My Cloud Pro series NAS it supports FAT32, NTFS, or HFS+J but it doesn't say it can format the drives.

Any old PC you have laying around the shop that is running Windows XP or later should be able to format the disk to NTFS.
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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #71 on: March 04, 2021, 04:56:08 PM »
According to the manual for the WD My Cloud Pro series NAS it supports FAT32, NTFS, or HFS+J but it doesn't say it can format the drives.

Any old PC you have laying around the shop that is running Windows XP or later should be able to format the disk to NTFS.
well... if you can see it in windows, you should be able to select the drive, right-click it and select format.
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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #72 on: March 04, 2021, 05:08:21 PM »
According to the manual for the WD My Cloud Pro series NAS it supports FAT32, NTFS, or HFS+J but it doesn't say it can format the drives.

Any old PC you have laying around the shop that is running Windows XP or later should be able to format the disk to NTFS.
well... if you can see it in windows, you should be able to select the drive, right-click it and select format.

Yes that is what she is going to do because from the NAS interface it doesn't appear to have the option to format a USB disk.
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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #73 on: March 05, 2021, 12:56:58 PM »
Hey thanks!
I'm going to take them home and format them, the first drive I formatted on a PC here at work seemed weird
maybe it was an old PC not sure.
It may have formatted correctly but I'm just not sure, going to take my time now and get this right.


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Re: Burning Disks
« Reply #74 on: March 20, 2021, 11:39:35 AM »
Joe!
I'm formatting those drives at home, super easy with the right computer!
Not sure if I need to give these drive letters I removed them while formatting
but now I'm wondering If I do need drive letters.
If I do need them, how would I do that after formatting?
I'm only going to be using these on a Mac

I did figure out how to add a drive letter, just need to know if I need that
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