My external harddrive only works on my Macbook not my PC...?

pe93co

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Original poster
Sep 12, 2012
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I'm sorry this probably should be brought to a PC forum but I dont know any..
if its not appropriate please delete.

I have an external HDD but its format is Mac OS Extend
Is that why when I plugged it into my PC it doesnt respond at all?
I know they use different filing systems, is there any softwares/application for PC so I can use my HDD on my PC without having to have all my files on it deleted??
Or no matter what I'm gonna have to have everything erased...?

thanks!!
 

Chundles

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Jul 4, 2005
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Windows cannot read nor write to Mac formatted drives.

If you want read/write for Mac and PC you'll need either FAT32 or if they're newer machines exFAT.
 

pe93co

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Original poster
Sep 12, 2012
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Windows cannot read nor write to Mac formatted drives.

If you want read/write for Mac and PC you'll need either FAT32 or if they're newer machines exFAT.


As far as I know, people told me I can change format or split the hard drive into two different systems?
I did some googling they said you can do that on Mac but nobody offered any methods with details..
Can you or anybody help please? I need this done urgently.
 

pe93co

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Original poster
Sep 12, 2012
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Problem solved.
Used MacDrive, although not really stable, it gets the job done.
 
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