External Hardrive for both PC and MAC?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dfusion-, May 9, 2010.

  1. dfusion- macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Hey guys..maybe you can help me out:)

    i have a old sata harddrive from my PC..i bought a nice casing for it and was planning to use it as a external hardrive for my macbook pro. But it didnt recognized it..so after some searches i found out i needed to partion it to MAC journaled. And my macbook pro finally recognized it:) but my PC wont!

    So my question is..can't you use a external hardrive for both mac and PC? or isn't that possible...

    thanx in regards :)
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    FAT32 is the most compatible between Mac and PC but there is file size limit of 4GB. Download NTFS-3G to read and write NTFS in OS X
  3. jpyc7 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    Denver, CO
    If you are planning to just physically attach/detach between the two machines, then you just need to use a common format as Hellhammer says.

    Have you considered networking the two machines instead and 'sharing' the drive from one of them over the network? Since your Mac is a laptop, you might prefer the external HD to be on the PC all the time. Of course, it means both computers have to be on and it's also slower as a network access. On the other hand, you won't have to detach the HD cable from the MacBook Pro each time. I'm just throwing this idea out there as an option.

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