Resolved HOW TO USE MACBOOK HDD AS EXTERNAL

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  1. Steve McPeterson macrumors newbie

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    Bought a sata box for using macbook 750gb hdd as external drive.

    Problem is disk has both win7 and mac os but drive is showing only win7 partition

    Cant even format the disk as only win7 partition (100gb) will be formated

    How to get whole 750g?
     
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    Go to the erase tab in Disk Utility and select the disk/enclosure itself at the top like in my screenshot then erase the entire disk to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). That should set it back to one large Mac formatted disk.

    Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 11.12.39 AM.png
     
  3. Steve McPeterson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If you want it to work with both Windows and Mac, format it as ExFAT.
     
  5. Steve McPeterson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How to access the mac partition right now.
     
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    I mean how can i access it using external usb on windows 7
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Without proper formatting or a software hack, you can't.
     
  8. Steve McPeterson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can still access the windows 7 partition on usb but how to get the mac os partition . Or how to format the whole drive
     
  9. leman macrumors G3

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    Weaselboy gave you the answer above. Start disk utility, select the disk, click erase, choose ExFat and voila — you have a disk that can be read both by Windows and OS X.
     
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