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    What is the best way to format a Airport Disk?
    I purchased a Airport Extreme Base Station recently and as well have a Western Digital 500MB My Book drive. I will be using it with the base station but it's not formatted and I wondered which way I should format it. Not knowing better since I have a Windows XP machine I formatted it in NTFS and realized later it won't work with this. It seems I need either Fat32 or HFS+.
    Which format is best for me to go with? I know if I use Fat32 unlike HFS+ I can use it directly on a WinXP machine but most of the time if not all I will use it through the Airport Base Station and those few times I won't will hook it up directly to my MBP. When I format what is the best way to go about formatting the drive?

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    Most likely FAT32, but your airport manual probably has a recommendation for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markw10 View Post
    I purchased a Airport Extreme Base Station recently and as well have a Western Digital 500MB My Book drive. I will be using it with the base station but it's not formatted and I wondered which way I should format it. Not knowing better since I have a Windows XP machine I formatted it in NTFS and realized later it won't work with this. It seems I need either Fat32 or HFS+.
    Which format is best for me to go with? I know if I use Fat32 unlike HFS+ I can use it directly on a WinXP machine but most of the time if not all I will use it through the Airport Base Station and those few times I won't will hook it up directly to my MBP. When I format what is the best way to go about formatting the drive?
    I have my formatted as DOS from the Apple disk utility. Works fine for Mac and PC.

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    You answered your own question...Fat32
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