Formatting External Hard Drive for use with XP and OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nodrog6, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. nodrog6 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006
    I've installed XP onto my iMac, but it can't read my external hard drive (it was formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I'd like to be able to access it on the XP side of my computer. How should I format it so I can get to all the files through OSX or XP? Do I need to do this in XP?
  2. chv400 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I'm fairly sure using Disk Utility to format the drive as MS-DOS File System will allow it to work on the XP side as well as OSX.
  3. GhostFace macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2005
    Depending on how big the drive is. You should format it to Fat32 so the mac and XP machine can see it.
  4. nodrog6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006

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