so there is no way I could use it under both Windows and OS X systems?elisha cuthbert said:it might be a good idea, if you dont have anything on it open disk utility and select the hard drive in question and then select the erase tab and then select MS-Dos file system and then click format
ive dont it with dozens of mine
will do as you said. thanks.elisha cuthbert said:yes if yo format it into ms dos file system it will work on both windows and mac
if you have stuff on it i suggest you find a willing pc, copy all the stuff off it and then format it and then put the other stuff back on it
both PC and Mac can read the external drive, but I can't copy files to it in Macnosen said:I could be wrong, but if the disk is in NTFS then only Windows will be able to read it. If you format it in FAT32, then your PC & Mac should be able to read it.
Hmm, you may not have permission to write to it then. Try to highlight the drive, then "Get Info" and see what your Ownership & Permissions is set at.testtry said:both PC and Mac can read the external drive, but I can't copy files to it in Mac
My brother in law has the same problem. It's a formatting problem.nosen said:Hmm, you may not have permission to write to it then. Try to highlight the drive, then "Get Info" and see what your Ownership & Permissions is set at.
then will my PC be able to read/write to it?stevehp said:My brother in law has the same problem. It's a formatting problem.
My suggestion. If you have enough HD space on your mac, transfer all the files from your external onto your HD - reformat the external and then you will be able to put the files back.
how can I format the drive to FAT32?CyberB0b said:Writing to NTFS disks from OS X isn't possible. All NTFS disks are mounted "read only" in OS X. Formatting the drive as FAT32 will allow it to be used on both Windows and OS X.
I would add the following:Veritas&Equitas said:It's not your fault. PC's and Mac's can both read NTFS and FAT32. Mac's can only write to a FAT32 partition, not NTFS. PC's can read/write to both FAT32 and NTFS. The reason that most hard drive's are default formatted NTFS is because it's a more efficient partition format, especially for Windows.
Another reason is because you can only create a max 4 GB partition with FAT32 with Windows.
On the Mac, you can use Disk Utility. Format as a "MS-DOS File System" drive.testtry said:how can I format the drive to FAT32?
I learned this the hard way. Western Digital external drive was formatted FAT32. I didn't notice and after loading all of my junk onto it, I was told that I cannot transfer files larger than 2gb or there abouts to my external because it's FAT32. So today I am formatting it MSDOS.CyberB0b said:You can only create a max 4 GB file with FAT32. The partition can be up to 2,000 GB.