Do HP external hard drives work with Mac Book Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kduce23, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. kduce23 macrumors newbie

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    I just got a brand new Mac Book Pro. I wanted to get an external harddrive for it. I have a gift card to HP and wanted to buy one from them? Does anyone know if they are compatable? If not, anyone have any suggestions for a HD that is good, but not terribly expensive? I want one that is at least 250 GB. Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Mac Guide on External Hard Drives

    Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting in HFS (Mac OS Extended) or FAT32 or NTFS-3G can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility.

    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

    Searching the forum with MRoogle will usually find answers to most of your questions:

    http://guides.macrumors.com/External_Hard_Drives
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    Segate Expansion External Drive 1TB - Need Help!
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    ... and many, many others.
     
  3. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    hey

    OFC but you need to format it, pc hard drives come in ntsf format which is not mac compatible,, you buy it and plug it in it will open your disk utility and then you erase and format it into mac os journaled (journaled means its indexed for faster searching) and it puts in the fat format which does not prefer files over 4 gb but works with the mac =D hehe i am running a 2 TB western digital, i LOVE i can run time machine and back up every individually =D
     

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