External Drive for Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kyouya, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Kyouya macrumors member

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    Hello;

    I've seen a bunch of external drives for Mac. What's the difference of them? Hard Drive is an hard drive, it should work just fine as long as you format it properly, right?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    "Mac hard drives" are just HFS+ formatted, while Windows ones are NTFS, and yes, Windows HD works flawlessly if you reformat it. Stores just want extra money with Mac label on it
     
  3. a*ho macrumors newbie

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    sorry to butt into your thread..

    but Will it be okay if i share a HD with my mac and pc?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Of course. I have NTFS partitions in my externals as well so if my iMac fails and I need to access my files in externals, the most important ones are in NTFS partition too.
     
  5. Kyouya thread starter macrumors member

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    My 200gig Freeagent for Mac was running out of space(Vista + OS X, ugh) so I ended up buying a 500gig Freeagent. The only difference is the back up software, which doesn't matter after Time Machine.

    So yeah, they are indeed the same.
     
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    I thought the Mac Freeagent had FW800 and PC version eSata?
     

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