External Hard-Drive with a PC and a Mac... ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JonHimself, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. JonHimself macrumors 68000

    JonHimself

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    So I (unfortunately) still have a PC desktop that I will eventually be replacing with some sort of Mac desktop. I also have an iBook. I am going to be buying an external drive to store media on (mp3's and avi's mostly). Is there a way to do this so that I can just plug it into the Mac AND the PC and have the avi's and mp3's read on both? Or because the drive will be formatted in either Windows or Mac will it not work on both?
    As a possible solution I was wondering if I could just partition the external drive and have one in NTFS and the other in Mac (whatever it is)... this would work because (for the most part) the music is on the Mac and the videos are all on the PC.

    I'm just looking for a solution here... hopefully someone can help me!
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Format it with Fat32 and all will be well. Both OS X and Windows can read, write, and format fat32 (called MS-Dos File system by Macs).
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    FAT32 will work fine for the uses you mention. If you want to also use it for backup, though, FAT32 won't really play well with Mac's HFS+.

    What I'm using is an external LaCie Firewire drive that's been formatted as HFS+. Then on our Windows box I installed MacDrive, which is $39 if you use the coupon that comes with the LaCie drive.

    So far it seems to be working quite well.
     
  4. aricher macrumors 68020

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    FAT32 works like a charm - I just copied all my music and movies to an external USB 2 drive for my Mom's PC.
     
  5. JonHimself thread starter macrumors 68000

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