hard drive for use with MAC and PC

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by 808, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. 808 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2005
    Location:
    lost angeles
    #1
    i know i know...

    maybe im offending some purists here, but i want to be able to set my external hard drive to be recognized by both my powerbook and friends' PC's.

    i have a seagate hard disk and a metal gear box case w/ usb 2.0 and firewire ports.

    anyone know how i can configure this drive?

    thanks,

    808
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #2
    Just format it with your mac for MS windows (or something similar). Disk Utility (in the utilities folder) will do this.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #3
    Or if you format it from the Windows machine, make sure its FAT32 and not NTFS.
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #4
    You can, and it probably will work. But you are better off using the mac to do the job. I've heard of a few occations where macs don't read data correctly from windows formated fat drives. I can't say I've seen the problem first hand, but I have heard it from multiple sources.
     
  5. mixylplik3 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Location:
    Boston
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #6
    Well, it could be an NAS hard drive! :D
     
  7. 808 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2005
    Location:
    lost angeles
    #7
    muchas gracias

    thanks!

    i was able to do format using ms dos in disk utility
    and now my external HDD is bi-
    :eek:

    808
     
  8. Balin64 macrumors 6502a

    Balin64

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Location:
    In a Mauve Dream
    #8
    "Bi"

    What a whorish drive.
    :D
     
  9. topicolo macrumors 68000

    topicolo

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2002
    Location:
    Ottawa, ON
    #9
    Fat32 doesn't process files that are bigger than 4gigs properly so those *ahem* dvd disk images that you procured won't work right. Another way to approach it would be to format the drive as a mac HFS+ drive and get MacOpener for windows
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #10
    Hey now, just cuz it's attracted to both Macs and PCs doesn't make it a whore! You take that back! :eek: ;) :D
     

Share This Page