How to Format external HDD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 10-Dee-Q, May 15, 2006.

  1. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2006
    Bandung, West Java, Indonesia & Singapore
    hi i'm new to Mac, just bought MBP :p
    anyway i have this external HDD and wondering how to format it , so that i can use it for my MBP and also my others PC notebook.
    the HDD is 100GB, thx a lot.
  2. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    From Canada, living in Seoul
    Format it in Windows with FAT32. This is the only way to share files on a portable hard drive between Windows and Mac OS. If you did it NTFS, Mac OS would only be able to read from it, and not write to it.

    The downfall is that FAT32 only supports files up to 4GB.
  3. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I have a firewire/USB 2.0 drive that I formatted to the Unix option in OSX, and it is readable/writeable on my PC (XP), my other PC (Linux/Ubuntu), and my mac...
  4. bordenkecher macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2006

    theres a program out there that can read mac formats on pc, i cant remember what its called though, sorry

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