How to format external back up drive.?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vim147, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. vim147 macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    I have a 1tb 2.5" external drive for my back up music albums. Which format should I choose to format it in?

    I want it to work in my mac and also in my my other windows pc.
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    If your Windows PC OS is Windows 7 or later, then use exfat. It should work for backup since it is readable and writeable by Mac & PC.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you're going to put important Mac files onto it, I suggest that you initialize it "for the Mac" using HFS+.

    Things just work out better that way.

    For cross-platform (Mac to PC) compatibility, use a DIFFERENT drive of some sort, such as a higher-capacity USB flash drive.

    One last thought:
    If the files you put on it are valuable, then you MUST also keep a copy of those files on ANOTHER drive.
    One copy is not enough...

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