How to format my external HDD?

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  1. LastLine macrumors 65816

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    So, I've currently got a 320gb Toshiba HDD that I want to format away from NTSC due to obvious Mac compatibility issues.

    So my question is, which is the best file format to set it to to use for both Win XP and OS X? And how is the easiest way to do it?

    Thanks
     
  2. Vader macrumors 65816

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  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    lol...you said NTSC...

    Anyways in Disk Utility it will show up as MS-DOS.
     
  4. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    if you're doing it from Windows you'll need a third-paty app cause XP won't format FAT bigger than 32GB. From the mac you can use Disk Utilty but it can be a bit wonky (at least on my system) and i found it more reliable from the command line
     
  5. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So Disk Utility will let me format a 320gb disk to Fat32? Is that right? If so how, I've never used it before.
     
  6. osufnl499 macrumors newbie

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    http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive6/ format the drive for the mac then install that software on your PC and it should do what you want. That is what i did and i can read and write on the drive using both machines.
     
  7. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    connect the drive to the mac (if it's NTFS it may or may not mount)
    open Disk Utility, select the external drive from the list, erase as MS DOS

    apple instructions here

    sometimes tho, i've had MS DOS not come up as an option for erase, altho i think that was only with previously mac formatted drives. so i had to use fdisk from Terminal which is a bit of a fiddle
     

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