Will a Seagate FreeAgent Go portable HD for PC work on a Mac?

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  1. Prhymeate macrumors member

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    I have this drive: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/external/freeagent/freeagent_go/

    which says on it "Auto backup, encrypt and sync software for PC".There is also a Mac version here:

    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/external/freeagent/freeagent_go_mac/


    I don't have my mac yet, it's on it's way. I wanted to know if I can just use my current 'for pc' drive in my mac if I connect it up and format it? I can't tell if the difference between the pc and mac versions is just to do with how they are pre formatted and the software that comes with them, or if i can just format the pc version with my mac and use that.

    Basically, I just want my music and videos on a portable drive that I can move between my mac and pc. Is there a better way?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It's will work perfectly. The only difference is that PC version comes with some PC crapware and Mac version comes with Mac crapware. Those apps are totally useless, OS X has everything you need already
     
  3. Prhymeate thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks :) I just noticed that one other difference between the pc and mac version is the mac one also comes with firewire. Still, as long as I can use my current one I don't mind too much.
     
  4. Love macrumors 68000

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    Everything will work just fine, just be careful and make sure that it's either formatted FAT32 or Mac OS X Extended (Journaled), as you will not be able to write to an NTFS drive with a Mac. :)
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    With NTFS-3G you can ;)
     
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    and don't use hfs-plus (Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)) if you want to be able to access the drive directly from windows.

    unless you want to buy macdrive
     
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    HFSExplorer is free alternative
     
  8. davidoff123 macrumors newbie

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    Okay, so i'm planning to buy a Seagate FreeAgent Go portable disc to use with my PC and Mac.

    What are the options here? I either need FAT32 (witch sucks) or OSX Extended?

    Will my Windows 7 PC will recognize the OSX Extended drive?

    And... what about NTFS-3G how do I use that on my Mac and PC?
     
  9. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Windows can read and write Apple's HFS+ format with the help of third party commercial software MacDrive. Virtually every Winodws computer in the installed base reads and writes NTFS. NTFS-3G allows MacOS X to read, write, and format NTFS drives. With it, my Mac can format thumb drives as NTFS--something that none of my Windows computers can do.
     

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