Reformatting external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eyebeaz, May 4, 2007.

  1. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2006
    The way I am familiar with doing this, is using the disk utility, and the erase feature. What volume format should I choose if I want it reformatted in FAT32? I want the hard drive to be compatible with a windows machine as well which is why I ask. Is this even possible to reformat to FAT32 with the disk utility? Any help is appreciated! Thanks.
  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    chose the MS-DOS File system and then it will be compatible with Windows machines, or you could just plug it into a windows computer and have that format it.
  3. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    Another option and well worth the money is a program called MacDrive, which lets XP read OS X formatted disks. (I don't know if they have a version for Vista). I don't know how much you use each system, or how, but by using this set up you get to have Spotlight index your external for when you're using OS X. I believe with the MSDOS format this isn't possible.

    good luck.

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