External HD and Mac Compatibility

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  1. MrMiyagi

    MrMiyagi OT Supporter

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    So I have this external harddrive and it works fine with pcs. Macs can connect to it, and see whats on it, but only from it. They cannot alter the file in any way. How do i format, or what do i need to format this hard drive with in order for it to be operable with both pc's and macs. BTW i am starting to hate my windows computer, i wanna mac book pro
     
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    is the external fat32?
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    it needs to be FAT32 like Doomsday said above.
     
  4. FEELSGOODMEN

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    HiJack:

    Can i partition my External HD with two differant formats?

    For example, format one partition NTFS for XP backups
    and format FAT32 for Bootcamp??

    when i used bootcamp it locked up the drive.... couldn't use it on PC

    XP backup won't work with FAT32
     
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    gparted
     
  6. MrMiyagi

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    Yeah its formatted with NTFS. If i went with Fat32 will i be able to copy and alter files with xp or mac os?
     
  7. bioalchemist

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    You can alter files with both operating systems with Fat32.
    Reminder that Fat32 has a file limit size of 4GB so make sure you don't want to store any file above that.
    Before you go formating your drive you may want to check out Macfuse http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/ I've never used it but as far as I can tell it installs drivers which allow writing to NTFS in Mac.
     
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    yes

    another option is plug the external to one and put the pcs in a network
    different file systems do not matter over a network.
     

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