WD My Book Studio Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by suedehead, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. suedehead macrumors member

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    i have put some data from my MBP on a recently bought MSB, i need to access that data on a windows vista computer. however, vista only recognizes de WD smartware part of the HD and not the HD itself. i get a message that the hd should be formatted for windows.
    is there a work-around-solution to this or do i really have to take all data off put it back om my MBP, reformat the drive etc?
    also if i do this will the WD smartware still be installed? or can i reinstall that i need the password incription.


    i was always under the impression that externals that work for mac would also work on windows, but not (always) the other way round.

    thank you.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It is the file system, as Windows can't read HFS+ formatted volumes natively.

    See below for two solutions:
     
  3. suedehead thread starter macrumors member

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    i appreciate the input, i assumed the hd would be formatted in either FAT32 or NTFS. i didn't even know about HFS+.

    thank you for your time.
     

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