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Question: Can I safely reformat a 3.5 IDE/ATA drive (out of a G I don't have anymore)?)

Can I safely reformat a 3.5 IDE/ATA drive (out of a G4 I don't have) hooked up to my 4.1 Mac Pro through a Newer Tec USB drive adaptor?

Mac Pro, OS X Yosemite (10.10.5), 22 GB RAM

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In Disk Utility, the drive should shows its make&model aka hardware-name, and a reasonable non-zero capacity/size.


If it does, you can repair, erase and re-initilize the drive for re-use.


If not, it is dead to you for this use.

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Mar 11, 2018 10:18 AM in response to Walter Wedler In response to Walter Wedler

In Disk Utility, the drive should shows its make&model aka hardware-name, and a reasonable non-zero capacity/size.


If it does, you can repair, erase and re-initilize the drive for re-use.


If not, it is dead to you for this use.

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