Formats of external HD between PC&Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TPRH, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. TPRH macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010

    I am trying to make a WD 500GB external Harddrive work on both PC (windows XP) and Mac OS X 10.5.6. It was first used on a PC so it is formated as MS-DOS FAT and is only readable on a Mac at the moment. As I understand it has to be Mac OS Extended (Journaled) to work on the Mac, which I also think I can change (I am backing it up right now). My question is, will that format be readable and writable on the PC? If not, is there a formatting for this size of a HD that CAN be used without problems on both or is there a way in getting around this problem? I would really appreciate some advice.

    Best wishes
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    MR Guide: File Systems

    The information is a little out of date due to advances with Snow Leopard I think, regarding OSX and NTFS

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. TPRH thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010
    Thanks alot for Your help. A comprehensive page like that was exactly what I was looking for and couldnt find!
    Kindest Regards
  4. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons

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