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Originally Posted by janobonano View Post
Does anyone have suggestions for an external hard drive for me? The issue with the item in the trash has resolved. I just would like some suggestions on a brand/model that works well going back and forth from Mac to PC. Thanks.
There's no particular brand or model that makes it easy to facilitate transferring between Mac and Windows. You can use any external hard drive, though I do personally recommend purchasing from a vendor that makes hard drives, rather than a third party that makes a case and installs some else's drive mechanism inside the case. Brands like Seagate, Western Digital and Hitachi are generally good bets, in my opinion.

Compatibility in terms of using with different OSes is a software issue. You can counter this in one of two ways.

1) Format the drive as "MS-DOS" on the Mac, using Disk Utility. This will format the drive using the "FAT32" filesystem. You must do this on the Mac as Windows has an artificial 32GB limit for FAT32. The only downside is that FAT32 can not store a single file that is larger than 4GB in size.

2) Leave the drive in its native format and install an NTFS driver for Mac. I recommend Paragon NTFS for Mac. Though there are free alternatives, none are more easy-to-use, robust or reliable.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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