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    Sharing an External on both Mac and PC?
    Woo Hoo!! Just got my iMac in the mail, and i'm setting it up right now!
    I was wondering if anyone could help me with this question? What exactly do i have to do in order to be able to read an external on both my Mac and a PC? Should I format it on the mac or the pc? Thank you all!

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    In order to read and write the external drive from both a Mac and Windows, you would need to format the drive as FAT32.

    Since Windows has placed some weird limitation on FAT32 partitions, I would suggest doing the formatting on the Mac. All you have to do is run Disk Utility and pick the MS DOS option (or something along those lines)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    In order to read and write the external drive from both a Mac and Windows, you would need to format the drive as FAT32.

    Since Windows has placed some weird limitation on FAT32 partitions, I would suggest doing the formatting on the Mac. All you have to do is run Disk Utility and pick the MS DOS option (or something along those lines)
    Thanks a million bro!

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