Parallels won't recognize external HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by knobtwiddler, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. knobtwiddler macrumors regular

    knobtwiddler

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    I've researched this a bit and am still confused. Parallels 6 w/ Windows 7 won't recognize my usb external HD. How can I get it do recognize it? Probably reformatting but I'm not sure how to do that. I need to be able to read/write on both OSX and Parallels/Windows 7. Any help gets the golden cookie of satisfaction.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If you format as FAT, both Windows and OS X can read/write

    If you format as NTFS, Windows will read/write and you need NTFS-3G (free) for OS X to read/write

    If you format as HFS+, OS X will read/write and you will need MacDrive (not free) for Windows to read/write
     
  3. knobtwiddler thread starter macrumors regular

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