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Vonnie Calculating status...
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Nov 23, 2012 10:35 PM

Hi everyone,

 

I have a western digital 500gb external hard drive which I used for my big heavy excel documents.  Before I started to use it, I partitioned it and formatted it on my Macbook Pro.  Now that I have saved all my work on the hard drive, I took it into work to save the document into my hard drive at work but the Windows desktop computer can see it but that's it, can't click on it, can't open it, can't read it - any clues?  I only want to read it at work, not write on it..

 

Many thanks in advance team!!

 

Vonnie

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,985 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 10:38 PM (in response to Vonnie)

    Windows can't read a MacOS-formatted volume without third-party software. Either install that software, or reformat the drive (erasing all data) as ExFAT, which is read/write on both platforms.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 10:38 PM (in response to Vonnie)

    You formatted it in Mac OS Extended. You have two possibilities:

     

    1. On the PC, install Paragon HFS.

     

    2. Format your external disk in exFAT in Windows or OS X

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 10:58 PM (in response to Vonnie)

    Mac OS Extended format is only readable on OS X and you need third-party apps on Windows to read it.

     

    To format your external disk:

     

    1. Make a backup of your external disk files.

     

    2. Open Disk Utility, select the external disk in the sidebar and go to Erase tab.

     

    3. Choose exFAT as Format and select Apply.

     

    4. Copy the data to the external disk

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