External HD for Mac/pc

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by leosand1, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. leosand1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2010
    Hey guys I'm new here and basically new to Mac, I've had the iphone4 for awhile now and just ordered a new MacBook. I've been trying to find an external hard drive that will work with both pc/Mac to transfer over my iTunes, I've searched but everything I find gets into technical computer stuff that I don't understand, just want to get a list of compatible external hard drives out the box and less than $100, thanks in advance
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting in HFS (Mac OS Extended) or FAT32 or NTFS-3G can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility.

    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    • Read/Write HFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write HFS from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer

    Searching the forum with MRoogle will usually find answers to most of your questions:

    Mac Guide on External Hard Drives
    Mission impossible: Finding a good simple external hard drive for MAC
    Portable External Drive / Storage Recommendations
    What type of external hard drive is best?
    Can anyone Recommend a good 1tb External Hard Drive?
    looking for a 2 tb external Hard drive with firewire
    Suggestions on an External Hard Drive
    anyone could recommend a good external hard drive for the imac?
    Segate Expansion External Drive 1TB - Need Help!
    Which external hard drive should I buy - Seagate vs. LaCie vs ????
    Looking to purchase a 1TB external hard drive
    ... and many, many others.

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