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Formatting Exterior Hard Drive For Pc and Mac

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  • Macintosh
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Last response: in Storage
May 9, 2012 3:48:46 PM

Hello, i have recently purchased a Seagate Go Flex Desk Hard Drive, 2tb usb3.0, and am wondering how to format it for both pc and mac? Thanks

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a c 75 G Storage
May 9, 2012 4:03:29 PM

The easiest way to go is to use FAT32, though that's an older filesystem with limitations compared to modern filesystems.

If you use HFS+ (the native Mac filesystem) Windows won't recognize it out-of-the-box; likewise Mac has limited support for NTFS. Full support for either (HFS+ on WIndows or NTFS on Mac) is available through software available online. On Mac, you can also use a hack to enable full read and write for NTFS ( though that procedure isn't the most user-friendly

Also, current Macs don't support USB 3.0 (they use Thunderbolt instead). The drive will work in a mac's 2.0 port, but will be restricted to slower USB 2.0 speeds.