Partitioning External HDD

dakine17

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I recently bought a WD My Passport a month ago and partitioned it using disk utilities. It's 1TB and i used 600 GB PC format (exFAT), and 400 GB Mac Journaled. both partitioned and it was able to open up. I notice that when i partition, it only shows two Mac's and 1 exFAT and Free Space. The Mac partitioned worked as a time machine backup and i could also put PC files on the PC side.

Here lies the issue. When i plug my HDD to a windows computer, the PC nor the Mac shows up. I can understand the mac cause its on a different format, but i was wondering why my PC doesnt show up at all. Does anyone know how i can properly partition a windows and a mac journaled?
 

Detrius

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What version of Windows are you running? Your partition table format may have been GUID, and not all versions of Windows recognize that. Furthermore, not all versions of Windows recognize ExFAT. (e.g. ExFAT support is a custom installation on XP, but XP doesn't support GPT.)
 

dakine17

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Thanks for your help Detrius.

I noticed that my table was under Apple Table. So i had to reformat my HDD to GUID. I noticed that the third Table, cant 'drag-&-drop' any new files from my MBP.
 

Macman45

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Exfat

Won't be recognised, as posted above FAT32 (waste of HDD space due to larger clusters) or NTFS (smaller clusters, better use)

Both the above will be operable in Windows, and your Mac partition is fine.
 

dakine17

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I'm currently on FAT32. i did NTFS at first but i couldn't transfer any windows files from my mac to the HDD. Is there anyway to use NTFS and be able to transfer documents from Mac to HDD?
 

snaky69

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I'm currently on FAT32. i did NTFS at first but i couldn't transfer any windows files from my mac to the HDD. Is there anyway to use NTFS and be able to transfer documents from Mac to HDD?
I can't vouch for either as I have no experience with them, but applications called Paragon and NTFS-3G would allow you to do that.
 
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