OS X and External HD - Troubled!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by docc, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. docc macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2007
    Ok, so i just purchased a western digital passport 250GB hard drive and thought that i would be able to use it with my pc and my MB. I formatted it via Mac and realised that the Disk Utility didn't give me a FAT32 option, so i chose Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

    Well, it works perfectly well with my macbook but doesn't work on my PC. It shows up in the system tray on my pc as a mass storage device, but i am not able to access it via "My Computer". What gives? I have about 200 GB of data on it and don't want to transfer everything onto another external HD and then reformat the drive to FAT32 on a PC.

  2. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    XP will not read or write to HFS+ (mac OS Extended) you can read from it using a program called HFS explorer, otherwise you will need to format it FAT32
  3. ZachPruckowski macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2007
    There are a few commercial Windows programs that let you read HFS+ (and I think write them too). But your best bet is to format FAT32 from within Windows (not OS X) using a tool that supports formatting at over 32 GiB.

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