External Hard drive question

Hobodale

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Jun 4, 2006
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I just ordered a 2.0 GHz Macbook. It will be my first mac. I am thinking about buying an external hard drive but I was wondering if I could also use it with my PC without reformatting. Is this Possible? I know I can use my iPod as an external hard drive without reformatting but is this different?
 

DeSnousa

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Jan 20, 2005
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Brisbane, Australia
Yes it will be fine, Macs can read and write in Fat32 (Windows format). I believe when you plug in the drive for the first time on the Mac it will ask you to format it, just choose Fat32. If not use disc Utility :)
 

MrT8064

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Jun 7, 2006
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It Does Work

Hi there, ive done this and it does work; the only slight problem is you will see many useless windows files, such as .db files
 

obrien234

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Apr 12, 2005
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Brighton, MI
The one thing to watch out for is that in order to write through OS X you'll need to use FAT32. That has a file size limit of 4 GB, so its no good for video editing.