External hard drive, can i buy a PC one.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jimgeo68, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. jimgeo68 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2010
    I'm new to macs.

    On my vista / xp machines, I have several external hard drives, Seagate, WD, HP, and 1 enclosure kit which contains some old internal hard drive.

    I don't really need all these drives on my VISTA/XP machines, as I'm trying to migrate to MAC.

    I mostly use my mac for photos & creating home movies. So backing up the priceless pictures of my kids is critical.

    Do I really need to buy a MAC based external hard drive? or can i simply reformat one of my old drives to use on my mac. I know macs have their own file system (as pc's have fat32&ntfs).

    Will apple time machine work with a generic re-formatted external hard drive.

    I also notice their are fewer choices for MAC ready external hard drives ...less specials than PC based externals.

    Thanks for the help.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can use any hard drive on Mac or Windows. They're not OS-specific. All you have to do is format it correctly, which is simple to do. Yes, Time Machine will work fine.

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