help w/ external hard-drive... : (

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iBookG4,4me!, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. iBookG4,4me! macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Munci, IN

    just got a iBookG4 for school, and i bought a Maxtor 160GB external hard-drive so that i could back up stuff, and get stuff from my pc, Dell running on Windows XP.
    After purchasing i realized that i must format the hard-drive to one or the other, OS X or Windows...
    i would like to be abled to put stuff from my pc on the HD, then put it on my Mac,
    any help/ info?
    i came across MacDrive7 software so that i could read the drive on my PC, but i don't have the 50$ to pay for the software, any free alternatives or advice???
  2. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2007
    No, you don't need to buy that.

    Open up disc utility (applications>utilities>disk utility) and select the disc. Go to format it, and format it as MS-DOS file system, (which is really FAT32). Both Windows and OS X will then be able to read and write to the drive.
  3. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2007
    I formatted my new external hard drive to the Mac journaled I thought that was better for getting it to accept bigger file sizes?

    Both my windows and macs are reading and writing to it just fine

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