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Solved: An external HD for both Mac and PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by needapc, Aug 5, 2010.

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  1. needapc

    needapc Banned Thread Starter

    Jan 30, 2010
    I bought this hard-drive because the salesperson assured me it works with both a PC and a Mac:

    There're quite a lot of them that do. Unfortunately, you can't use it on both a mac and pc at the same time. If you want to add files from a PC, you need to first format it. And when you got your PC-files on it, and you want to add files from your Mac, you need to re-format it. So there's no way it takes files from both PCs and Macs at the same time. Ugh!

    Does anyone have a solution? I'm very close to just buying 2 external hard-drives.

  2. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    It's all about the file system. Mac uses HFS and will read, but not write NTFS.
    Your PC is probably using NTFS, and can't read HFS.
    Both can read and write FAT32, which may help. but is limited to 4GB file sizes.
    A second drive is a perfectly good solution.
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