can you use a windows-formatted external hard drive w mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lip5016, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. lip5016 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    can you use a windows-formatted external hard drive w mac? i assume you'd be able to just throw it into disk utility and re-format it Mac OSX Extended..

    just want to make sure bc it's a little confusing on amazon if i need a *MAC* external hard drive or if i can just get any external hard drive (regardless of what operating system it's listed as for being) and just re-format for Mac?

    thank u!
  2. fat jez macrumors 68000

    fat jez

    Jun 24, 2010
    Glasgow, UK
    You can just reformat a windows drive. The Mac specific versions may come with extra software or are white, but the hardware is the same. You could even partition it for half Windows and half HFS+ if you wished.
  3. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    What he ^^ said.

    My TM drive is a standard WD My Passport drive, not a Mac version. I just converted it to GUID and formatted a partition as Mac OS Extended. The other partition is just ExFAT for the rare occasion I might need to make something available to a Windows computer - though I no longer have a PERSONAL Windows computer but I do still have family members using Windows.

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