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External harddrive compatibility with mac and pc


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I was just wondering if there are any external harddrives that can be shared between a mac and a pc...the one i bought "freeagent" 250gb could only work with one or the other...not both.
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It's not the hard drive but the format it's in.
If it's hfx it will only work on mac, but I think pc will read only.
NTFS is opposite
Fat32 should work on both, although mine didn't work on mac with fat 32
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LIke elma said

HFS_ will work on a mac

FAT32 can be formatted using disk utility and works on both

NTFS will have to be formatted using a PC, macs can only read NTFS - unless you install a utility like macfuse that will allow a mac to both read and write to a Windows NTFS drive
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