First time External HD owner, needs help.

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  1. xkRoWx macrumors regular

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    I just bought a pre-installed external hard drive from a local computer store, it is a WD Caviar 500GB hard disk mounted on a HD enclosure. I plugged the external hard drive to my MBP and an orange USB icon named "New Volume" appeared.

    What should I do now? How do I make the hard drive universally accessible to both Windows and OSX?
     
  2. McGiord, Mar 29, 2008
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    Format it with FAT32 so both systems can recognize it without any additional software, the caveat is that it can not handle file sizes over 4 Gb.
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  4. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a

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    Use the Disk Utility app in your Utilities folder.
     
  5. xkRoWx thread starter macrumors regular

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    It allows me to format into any one of these formats:

    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Mac OS Extended
    Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled)
    Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive)
    MS-DOS File System
    UNIX File System
    Free Space

    Exactly which one of the above is FAT32?

    By the way, from the Disk Utility, there's 5 tabs, First Aid, Erase, Partition, RAID and Restore. Which one is format?
     
  6. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a

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    I think you want to choose the Erase tab, and then format the volume for MS-DOS (FAT).
     
  7. McGiord, Mar 29, 2008
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