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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr. MacBook, Mar 24, 2007.
Do i need a mac USB hard drive, or any usb external drive is fine?
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)
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?)
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