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Portable Disk Problem, HELP ME!

K1K1

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Jul 19, 2017
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I have a problem, not with iMac, with a portable disk, when I just put a portable disk in my iMac, I accidentally compressed something and everything was erased, but when I put video or other folders, I went to stick the portable disk into a TV or Windows Computer (old), and it will not load folders, it writes to me that there is nothing in the portable disk, please help me!
 

Audit13

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Apr 19, 2017
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Was the disk formatted in fat32, hfs, ntsf, or exfat? Windows will only read fat32, NTFS, and exfat unless you have special drivers on the windows machine.
 
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dwig

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Was the disk formatted in fat32, hfs, ntsf, or exfat? Windows will only read fat32, NTFS, and exfat unless you have special drivers on the windows machine.

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Also, many devices (TVs, media players, ...) don't support NTFS and/or exFAT. Almost none will have support for the mac default, HFS+.

The modern Mac OSs (all since 10x6.5) support FAT32 and exFAT in addition to their preferred HFS+, which is their default choice. You can use the Mac OS tool Disk Utility to reformat an external drive to exFAT or FAT32 to experiment and find what is the best common format. Keep in mind that doing so will erase all data on the drive, so copy off all files that you need to keep before reformatting. FAT32 will not support files over 4gb, and for that reason is not often a good choice for full length movies. exFAT doesn't have this limitation, but isn't supported by as many devices.
 
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K1K1

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Jul 19, 2017
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Was the disk formatted in fat32, hfs, ntsf, or exfat? Windows will only read fat32, NTFS, and exfat unless you have special drivers on the windows machine.

I have Silicon Power Armor A65 waterproof, which supports windows, linux and macos
 
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daflake

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I have Silicon Power Armor A65 waterproof, which supports windows, linux and macos

Yes, but what they are saying is that the partition sounds like it was reformatted to something only readable by Mac. If you take that and then plug it in to windows or a windows based system, it won't be able to read it. It is like speaking in a different language basically.

You need to make sure the disk is formatted is NTFS or exFAT before you can use it.
 
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K1K1

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Jul 19, 2017
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Yes, but what they are saying is that the partition sounds like it was reformatted to something only readable by Mac. If you take that and then plug it in to windows or a windows based system, it won't be able to read it. It is like speaking in a different language basically.

You need to make sure the disk is formatted is NTFS or exFAT before you can use it.
Well, is it possible and how to make and use it anywhere TV, Windows and others?
 
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