Mac-Specific USB hard drives?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr. MacBook, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

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    Do i need a mac USB hard drive, or any usb external drive is fine?
     
  2. dops7107 macrumors 6502a

    dops7107

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    Any one will do, but you may have to format it first if it comes pre-formatted in NTFS. (Not sure if hard drives come pre-formatted at all, come to think of it)
     
  3. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Like TPAM said, all harddrives are the same until your format them :)

    Macs can read FAT32, HFS+ and NTFS. They cannot write to NTFS, however.
    Windows can read/write FAT32 and NTFS, but not HFS.

    So if you intend to share this with a Windows PC, I recommend formatting as FAT32. If it'll ONLY be used with your Mac, I'd go with HFS+ (because...well, why not?)
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    And... if you can pay the extra money for a USB/Firewire drive, Firewire 400 delivers approx. 2 x the real world performance of USB 2.0
     

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