windows friendly hard drive format?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by howard, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. howard macrumors 68020

    howard

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    I have a portable hard drive that doesn't come up in windows when I plug it in to a windows machine. I'm wondering if I can reformat the drive to work and what format I should use...

    Thanks
     
  2. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

    NYmacAttack

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    FAT32 will work with both. Or you can find software for windows that will see HFS drives.
     
  3. howard thread starter macrumors 68020

    howard

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    on my disc utility I'm showing mac os extend journeled or no ms-dos and unix... i'm guess the ms-dos will work? and hopefully it will work on my mac as well? I didn't see a fat-32 specific setting...
     
  4. ender78 macrumors 6502

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    MS-DOS is FAT32
     
  5. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

    Mechcozmo

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    Actually, the MS-DOS format that Disk Utility creates is FAT-16. You can make FAT-32 drives on Windows or Linux computers, and probably can via the Terminal on the Mac, but I'm too lazy to look it up now. :D
     

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