External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by m2gc, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. m2gc macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2005
    Hey All

    I was wondering if I buy an external hard drive am I able to unplug it from my powerbook and then plug it into my pc and be able to access the same media like songs and such?
  2. mikelao macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2005
    i have one setup like this and it works fine. the only thing is the HD should be formatted in FAT32 (i think) so it'll work fine in both windows and mac.
  3. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    Just make sure the hard drive is both firewire and usb..unless you have a firewire port on the windows computer.
  4. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    I have a usb external hdd, formated fat32.
    Both os read them just fine.

    The only thing to keep in mind, if you are going with
    a 2.5 inch external, the powerbook does not supply enough
    power through the usb (not sure how it is with firewire, if
    someone can post on that). The larger externals should
    be externally powered so it wouldnt be a problem.
  5. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    I also understand that there's an individual file size restriction with FAT32, of around 4Gb. May not be a problem, depending on what you're planning to do with the drive.
  6. lieb39 macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    If you are dealing with file sizes larger then 4GB on the mac side of the system only, you could always partition the drive to have a FAT32 + HFS volume on it, so it would be two drives essentially on your mac, and on your PC only the FAT32 would show up. Just incase :p



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