how to format external HDD for Mac&Win

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MacLion, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. MacLion macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like a stupid question but what is the best way to format my external HDD so I can also access the files on a Windows PC? Is Mac OS Extended (Journaled) the right format or do I have to use the MS-DOS (FAT) format???
    Thanks!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    NTFS. You'll also need Macfuse or NTFS-3G to read/write with OS X.
     
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