formatting hard drive from mac to windows??

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  1. hucchund22 macrumors member

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    i just formatted a hard drive using apple's software but i changed my mind.. now, i tried putting it inside an enclosure and connected it to my windows laptop, but it's not detected,. the enclosure is detected, but the hard drive isn't.. i would like to use this for both my mac and windows.. can any1 tell me how i format my hard drive so that it can be recognized by both mac and windows?? thanks so much..
    :confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:

    i have a external enclosure, and the hard drive is 300gb..
    ty
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    FAT32
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    NTFS
    HFS
    • 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
     
  3. hucchund22 thread starter macrumors member

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    • thanks for the quick reply,,:D:D

      i know i should format it to FAT32 but my problem is how do i do it? the hard drive won't appear in windows but appears in mac..

      i think i should use windows to reformat this hard drive, but that's as far as i know, what's the next step? ehehe..
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can format it as FAT32 from your Mac. If you enable NTFS on the Mac, you can also use the Mac to format it as NTFS.
     
  5. hucchund22 thread starter macrumors member

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    so how do i do that? just plug in the hard drive and then right click it and then click format? because that's how it works in windows, i'm not sure how to do it in macs.. i'm a noob when it comes to macs.. :p
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Use the Disk Utility app, which is in your Applications/Utilities folder
     
  7. hucchund22 thread starter macrumors member

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    nice.. thank you so much for the help.. i'll do that tomorrow.. i have to sleep first.. i'll update this post if it's successful.. thanks again though.. :D:D:D:D:D:)
     
  8. hucchund22 thread starter macrumors member

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    i just have a question.. there are 6 choices here on what the volume format should be.. here they are: mac os extended(journaled), mac os x extended, mac os x extended(case sensitive journaled), mac os x extended(case sensitive), ms dos file system, unix file system... so which one should i choose?

    thanks..
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Read my first post in this thread.
     

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