Can you format a hard drive for PC with disk utility?

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  1. natatos macrumors regular

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    I'm selling a hard drive that doesn't work when formatted for Mac so I need to sell it PC format. Will MS-DOS (FAT) work, and does it need to be set to Master Boot Record? I have a PC I can test it on but I just want to now what to do before I try it out so I don't keep having to switch between computers.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    If you format it to FAT32, then yes, it will work for PCs.
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Disk utility is capable of formatting a disk as fat32, on paper. In practice, it never seems to work correctly. for me at least.

    But rather, if you're not able to format it as HFS, then there's probably something wrong with the drive and you shouldn't be selling it as working... just FYI.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    NTFS is best format for Windows as it has no file size limit. However, you need NTFS-3G in order to format HDs to NTFS format with Disk Utility. Yes, put it in Master Boot Record, it's most trouble free
     
  5. celticpride678

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    Format in FAT/FAT32 and it will work in Windows.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can format it as FAT32. You can also format it as NTFS, if you've enabled that in Mac OS X.


    FAT32
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    NTFS
    HFS
    • Read/Write HFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write HFS from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Yes, you ... ah dren.

    Btw, how does it not work, when formatted with HFS+ (Mac OS Extended)? What kind of error message do you get? What steps have you taken to format it for Mac?
     
  8. natatos thread starter macrumors regular

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    It wont mount mac formatted but does for MS-DOS, I bought it for PC cause I didn't think it would make a difference.
     
  9. spinnerlys Guest

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    An SMC reset helped me with those mounting problems. Have you made sure, you chose the right partition table while you formatted the HDD for Mac OS X?
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It doesn't make a difference. Any drive can be formatted for use with Mac, Windows or both.
     
  11. Pillar macrumors 6502

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    thanks guys. i needed the heads up on this aswell
     

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