Using Western Digital External HD for Mac / Windows

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dav038, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. dav038 macrumors newbie


    Jul 18, 2010
    I just bought a Western Digital My passport for Mac 500 gb external HD and it works great on my MacBook Pro using Time Machine, but what if I want to use it on a PC to grab movies or music or something? Ive tried to connect it to a PC but it wont recognize the HD, any suggestions?
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's formated HFS+ Journaled which isn't Windows compatible.
  3. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    You can use Disk utility to resize your Time Machine partition, and then create a new FAT32 partition.

    However, I'm not sure of

    -Wether it would be harmful to the Time Machine backup.

    -Wether it will actually work, since the other partition is in HFS+. Does the whole drive need to be in the same file system?

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