How do i format an external hard drive for use on both windows and mac book air?

how do i format an external hard drive for use on both windows pc and mac book air?

Use exFAT on the PC.
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    ON an external hard drive.. that is easy.. just open disk utility and reformat it. Make sure you use Mac Extended Journeled. (HFS+)

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    HGST Touro Mobile 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $88
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    How can i format my external hard drive to write files from Mac without loosing the files that i alredy have on my external hard when i used it with windows?
    I have been using Windows to write files to my 1TB WD external hard drive and I do not want to format to loose the files capacity of around 500GB
    Someone, Please help

    Hi Allen,
    Is there any way to store the back up to Mac and restore after formating?

  • How can a format an external hard drive to Fat 32 format

    how can i format an external hard drive to a Fat 32

    Drive Preparation
    1. Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.
    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to MBR then click on the OK button. Set the format type to MSDOS (FAT)  Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.

  • Hello once again.. i have formatted my external Hard drive it using exFAT, now my windows cant detect my device, can u plzz help me the whole purpose is getting ruined, i use Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

    hello once again.. i have formatted my external Hard drive it using exFAT, now my windows cant detect my device, can u plzz help me the whole purpose is getting ruined, i use Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

    This is a problem with the Mac OS X implementation of exFAT. I've had the same problem.
    Best is to use a Windows box to format the drive exFAT. Then it can be read by both Windows and Mac OS.
    But aren't Macs supposed to "Just Work"? Not in this case.

  • Using an external hard drive to connect the camera to the Mac Book Pro

    I am about three weeks away from a 9 to 4 pin firewire cable. In the meantime, I am logging and capturing from my Canon AX HI through my external hard drive. I am not super amazed at the quality of the image, it's noisy.
    I am using HDV tapes, and I don't beleive the lighting should be causing the issue.
    Does anyone know if using the external hard drive to connect the camera to my Mac Book Pro is compromising the quality of the image? Can I expect a beautiful strong image on a lap top?
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    There is ZERO quality loss when you capture via firewire. It is a digital transfer of files...that's it. The issue you have is that you are trying to judge the quality of your image based on what you see with your computer monitors, and that is simply the LAST thing you should be doing.
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  • Can i use exfat format for my external western digital harddrive so that i can use in both windows and mac?

    can i use exfat format for my external western digital harddrive so that i can use in both windows and mac?
    thanks in advance.
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    Yes you can. OS X version 10.6.6 and later can read/write exFAT. Windows XP SP3 and later can read/write exFAT. As posted by Radiation Mac, you can do it from Windows or from OS X.
    However, I've noticed Windows to be somewhat picky about drives formatted on a Mac. So, if Windows can't read it, try formatting it on the Windows machine, and see how it works on the Mac.
    Posting your email on a public forum isn't a very good idea. It will likely be harvested by spambots and used as the reply-to address for spam it sends out.
    Also, most people are not going to send an email to you for similar reasons. Nobody knows who you are, so sending an email to you could be giving a spammer a valid email address.
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  • Advice on how to format an external hard drive for a MacBook Air

    I have an external USB hard drive plugged into a 64GB MacBook Air. How should I format the hard drive so that when I run out of room on the small 64 GB SSD drive on the MacBook Air, it will start putting some iTunes or other files onto the external hard drive? I only put iTunes and other small music files on the MacBook Air in order to save room. I do have iTunes set for iCloud.

    You cannot format a drive so that files will be automatically put on that drive when you run out of room on another drive. Transferring the files must be done specifically by you. You will need to learn how to manage free space on the SSD because 64 GBs is a bit small for much more than OS X.
    Drive Partition and Format
    1. Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.
    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.
    4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.
    5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Security button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.
    6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several hours depending upon the drive size.

  • How do i format a external hard drive?

    i got a external hard drive to use as a back out. but i have no idea how to format the external HD. what should i do? how?
    thank u

    connect the hard drive to the mac
    run disk utility (found in the applications/utilities directory)
    the drive should be displayed in the lefthand pane of the disk utility window, click on it to select it
    click the 'partition' tab, it should show the current format and allow you to alter it if necessary, for mac use the "mac os extended (journalled)" format
    once you've formatted and/or partitoned the drive it is a good idea to go to the 'erase' tab and use it to write zeros to the disk

  • How to format an external hard drive for vista and snow leopard?

    I want to format an external hard drive to attach to Airport Extreme base station to us with Snow Leopard and a PC with Vista. What format should I use for read/write access for both?

    I use NTFS for my external drives being used on both Macs and Windows. To get the Mac to write to NTFS, you need a separate program. I use Paragon for Mac software. It works behind the scenes. There are also some free things that do the same thing but I found them cranky and unreliable. YMMV.
    Windows can not read any of the Mac disk formats without additional software.. FAT32 is fine but is extremely limited.
    For the last year, I have had absolutely no problems on any computer, Mac or Windows.

  • How to copy from an external hard drive collection to a folder on your mac?

    I put 2000 images from my honeymoon on an external hard drive. I flag my favorites and work on 7 images i layter but in an collection. I am really proud of this 7 images and want to put them in my portfolio map on my laptop. BUT that seems to be impossible! I have the choice to move the files from the external hard drive or make a virtual copy! I want them in bout my external hard drive and laptop! This is turning out to be a mess. What to do now? And how to prevent this in the future?
    What is the best way to manage and storage images?
    If I only could copy an collection! SO FRUSTRATING.
    Please help me

    I am really proud of this 7 images and want to put them in my portfolio map on my laptop.
    In Lightroom, select the 7 images, then use File->Export, and make sure the exported photos wind up in the desired location.
    What is the best way to manage and storage images?
    I would manage the photos inside of Lightroom using keywords, captions, flags, star ratings and any other Lightroom organizational tool that seems appropriate. I would then use Lightroom as the mechanism for searching for and locating and displaying whatever photos you are interested in finding. If you need copies of the photos for non-Lightroom use, as in your example of 7 images, then use File->Export.

  • External hard drive for iMac with snow leopard and window XP

    I have snow leopard with windows XP ON MY MAC. WHICH EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE SHOULD I USE

    Any make and model of any size will work. But if yoyu plan on using it for both Windows and Mac OS X it needs to be formatted FAT32 or exFAT.

  • What is a good external hard drive for use with a macbook air?

    I am looking at purchasing a macbook air 13". What is a good external hard drive to use with it? Should I look for an external hard drive with its own a/c power or is the usb 3.0 capable of powering the external drive.

    Have a look here for the sizes and prices.
    It is however, much better to get a USB external drive that comes with it's own power adapter to avoid issues when or if your USB port can't supply enough power to your external drive.
    That issue however does happen rarely but it does happen.  Especially when connecting other devices to your other USB port while your external hard drive is connected to your other usb port.

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