returning external hard drive...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by orijinal, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. orijinal macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2005
    i thought i could use it effectively as help for my dvr and a backup for my powerbook, but because i can only use it as fat32 to use for both my mac and windows, it doesn't help that the file limit is 4 gigs, so i plan on returning it.

    i did a couple erases, like writing 0's and am doing a 5 times write over with the disk utility program, do you think this is enough for clearing out the hard drive? what does best buy do with returned functional hard drives? i don't want to be another one of these:
  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Why don't you partition it and format it e.g. half as HFS+, 1/3 NTFS and the rest (1/6) as FAT32 for any files you want to transfer between your PC and Mac?

    I have a external firewire HD that I've set up as 20GB FAT32, 20GB HFS+ with OS X installed as a backup in case something goes wrong with my main drive, and the rest as HFS+ for data backups (I know, it's not really a backup if it's not off-site)

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