External Harddrive, Change from PC to Mac?

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    So I have an external harddrive that i used on my PC and now i want it to work with my mac? i know it has to do with the format NT and FAT but i'm not sure how to do it. So any help would be a big help.
     
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    applications - utilities - disk utility

    in the left, click once on the drive

    go to "erase" in the top row of tabs, then use Mac OS Extended Journaled for format and hit erase along the bottom.

    note that this will remove any data you already have on the drive and also make it (i think) unreadable by a PC.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    if you want it to be able to be read by both your PC and Mac, you'll have to format it as FAT32. if you're going to just use it with your Mac, format it as HFS (Mac OS Extended)

    and yes, formatting it will erase all data on the drive, so if it has anything important back up the data first.
     
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    on your Mac you can do that.

    Applications folder>Utilities Folder>Disk Utility
     
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    my instructions are on your mac. you just plug it in and go from there.
     
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    Thanks!

    ok going to try this and see if it works
     
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    thanks!

    it worked! thanks for all the help guys!
     

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