Mac-Specific USB hard drives?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr. MacBook, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Mr. MacBook macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2007
    Do i need a mac USB hard drive, or any usb external drive is fine?
  2. dops7107 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2005
    Perth, Oztrailya
    Any one will do, but you may have to format it first if it comes pre-formatted in NTFS. (Not sure if hard drives come pre-formatted at all, come to think of it)
  3. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Like TPAM said, all harddrives are the same until your format them :)

    Macs can read FAT32, HFS+ and NTFS. They cannot write to NTFS, however.
    Windows can read/write FAT32 and NTFS, but not HFS.

    So if you intend to share this with a Windows PC, I recommend formatting as FAT32. If it'll ONLY be used with your Mac, I'd go with HFS+ (because...well, why not?)
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    And... if you can pay the extra money for a USB/Firewire drive, Firewire 400 delivers approx. 2 x the real world performance of USB 2.0

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