G-Technology external hard drive Windows/Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by BruceiD, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. BruceiD macrumors member

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    Hey everyone!

    I'm planning on buying the G-Technology 500GB USB3 external hard drive since it's small, looks great and inexpensive (€69 here).
    Anyways this is "designed to work seamlessly with the Macbook Air and Macs..." but I was wondering whether this hard drive will have any problems with Windows because I'm planning to store projects on the drive that I have to show to other people who have Windows computers.
    So, does anyone have this kind of drive or can anyone answer my question :)?

    Link to the drive

    Thanks in advance!
    Bruce
     
  2. mfram macrumors 65816

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    It should work fine. But you will have to re-format it first. The drive comes pre-formatted with the Mac HFS+ file system.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    From the description it appears it is already formatted in HFS+ (the Mac disk format). That won't allow Windows users to read files from the drive. If you want a format that both Windows and Mac can read/write, use exFAT.
     
  4. mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    Perfect suggestions above.

    I'd tell the clients to upgrade to a Mac. ;)
     

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