Going to purchase an external HDD today

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  1. Bacong macrumors 68000

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    How should I format it so that I can use it on both my mac and PC? NTFS?
     
  2. Bacong thread starter macrumors 68000

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    also, can I format it with disc utility? thanks.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    OS X can read/write to NTFS with a program like MacFuse.
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Disk Utility cannot format the drive as NTFS.

    Which file system to use depends on how you plan on using the drive. If you're going to be putting huge files on it (i.e. single files bigger than 4GB) you MUST use NTFS and miles01110's suggestion to enable read/write support on the Mac side. Otherwise, you can use FAT32, which Disk Utility CAN create (make sure you select MBR as the partition scheme, and MS-DOS/Windows as the format).
     
  5. Bacong thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Got a WD 1 TB drive for only 119.99 USD today (great deal, check bestbuy.com if they are doing that everywhere) and luckily it was formatted as FAT32 straight away :D
     
  6. scirio macrumors newbie

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    not a great deal but it's nice you think so. Then again, I'm the cheapest mofo you'll meet but I hold out for awesome hardware at great deals.
    Bestbuy = joke. Whatever you find there for whatever price, know that you can find it cheaper.
     
  7. Bacong thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Quick look at a few other sites, chief:

    114.99 newegg
    148.99 QVC.com
    117.99 amazon

    and alot of sites have it for very similar prices. plus minus 5. Not really a big deal to me. So obviously, you have a hidden website where you get everything for half off or you're just spouting off. I'll let you pick.
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Keep in mind FAT file systems can't handle files larger than ~4 GB.
     
  9. Bacong thread starter macrumors 68000

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