WD My Book Studio Question

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

  1. suedehead macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2011
    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

    Nov 28, 2010
    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

    Apr 19, 2011
    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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