External Hard drive question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Hobodale, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. Hobodale macrumors member

    Hobodale

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    I just ordered a 2.0 GHz Macbook. It will be my first mac. I am thinking about buying an external hard drive but I was wondering if I could also use it with my PC without reformatting. Is this Possible? I know I can use my iPod as an external hard drive without reformatting but is this different?
     
  2. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    Yes it will be fine, Macs can read and write in Fat32 (Windows format). I believe when you plug in the drive for the first time on the Mac it will ask you to format it, just choose Fat32. If not use disc Utility :)
     
  3. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a

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    It Does Work

    Hi there, ive done this and it does work; the only slight problem is you will see many useless windows files, such as .db files
     
  4. Hobodale thread starter macrumors member

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  5. obrien234 macrumors regular

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    The one thing to watch out for is that in order to write through OS X you'll need to use FAT32. That has a file size limit of 4 GB, so its no good for video editing.
     

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