External Hard Drives for Macs

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by fstigre, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. fstigre macrumors regular

    fstigre

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    Hi,

    I was thinking to buy a new external HD to use it with my two macs and was wondering if any hard drive would work on macs or it needs to be one that is already formated for the mac.

    Can I format it my self? if yes, how hard would that be?

    Can I use the same HD for Windows and Macs or they need to be formated for each specific system?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Yes, any external HD can be used for PCs and Macs.
    Formatting is a simple process.
    For both Windows and Mac to access, the format should be FAT32 or NTFS (which requires 3rd party software for the Mac to write to NTFS).
     
  3. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    Just as GGJstudios said above but you could also purchase Macdrive to let Windows access your HFS formatted drives if you wished.
     
  4. fstigre thread starter macrumors regular

    fstigre

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    So as long as I format it and use FAT32 any HD should be good, right?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    The hardware is compatible with any computer, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) The format can be done by you to accommodate whatever you need. FAT32 works fine, as long as you know there's a limitation: no individual files larger than 4GB.
     
  6. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    actually if you have snow leopard you can write to ntfs with this terminal command from this thread.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=785376&page=3
    haven't done it my self yet though
     
  7. fstigre thread starter macrumors regular

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