Is there a difference in Mac/pc hard drives

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by odej98, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. odej98 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Looking at Seagate site, even newegg, the hard drives for mac are incredibly more expensive. I doubt the interface is different, so the only other option is how it is formatted.

    If the drive is formatted differently, at an extra cost, I am curious if OSX is capable of formatting externals on its own? Can I buy a standard drive and format it natively in OSX?

    I only ask, because after coming from Home Premium, several hardware utilities are non-existent.
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    There is no such thing as a "Mac" hard drive anymore. Buy anything and have Disk Utility format it.
  3. odej98 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I didn't think New Egg even had "Mac Drives" the last few drives I bought from them were just "drives". And I do buy drives from them There is no difference.

    Well OK yes there is..... Sometimes external drives with the faster interfaces (Firewire 800) are listed as "Mac Drive". These would work fine on PCs too but most PC users just want "cheap" and will go for the USB drive.

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