Best external HDD that works both with Mac and Windows?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 6502a

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    Any suggestions? Also, what should the HDD be formatted as for both OS X and Windows compatibility?
     
  2. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    The drive of your choice will work, just format it ExFAT.
     
  3. bjet767 macrumors 6502a

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    What do you mean by best?

    The only real issue is this, Mac can read and write to Windows formatted disks while Windows needs an additional program to do the same. This means external drive should be formatted in a Windows compatible manner.

    Next question(s)

    Speed, size, box, brand or price?

    Personally it must be USB 3 as a minimum connection.

    There's a huge market out there.
     
  4. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Format as ExFAT, which is easily done using Disk Utility on the Mac.

    As for which one to get, as with almost anything, get something cheap from a reputable manufacturer that gets good reviews:

    http://www.newegg.com/Portable-External-Hard-Drives/SubCategory/ID-3400?Tid=29226

    Reputable manufacturers: Seagate, Western Digital (WD), Samsung, Toshiba.
     

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