Seagate FreeAgent Go for Mac (Windows compatible?)

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  1. RedWings macrumors regular

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    I'm looking to buy the FreeAgent Go for Mac 500-GB FireWire 800, FireWire 400 & USB 2.0 Drive. It says its formatted "for Mac". Will Windows be able to read/write from this drive?

    I want an external drive (2.5" form factor) that I can use between my MBP and my window's machines. I was looking at the subject ext. HDD because it has Firewire.

    What if i bought the drive and reformatted to NTFS? Would the firewire still work? I have a program currently on my MBP that allows me to read/write to my NTFS formatted ext. drives.

    Thanks in advance from this Mac newb.

    EDIT: Link to drive: http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...f6e4c110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0aRCRD&locale=en-US
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Don't buy the Mac edition. It's just extra money that saves you literally 15-20 seconds by not requiring you to format the drive.

    Windows can't read HFS+ (Mac OS Extended – Journaled), which is how the drive is probably formatted out of the box, without additional drivers. If you're only planning to use the drive with one Mac, I suggest installing MacFUSE and NTFS-3G and formatting the drive to NTFS.
     
  3. RedWings thread starter macrumors regular

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    My plan is to use the ext. HDD with my Windows machines and my MBP. So firewire won't make that much of a difference?
     
  4. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    just get the windows version, its cheaperr [​IMG] format it to fat32 so both operating systems can read it or format it to nfts (windows) and google mac nfts browser
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's "NTFS", as in "Windows NT Filesystem"
     

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