Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to ddledet)
to do that make sure your external drive is formatted exFAT - connect it to your PC and format it there.
before you do the format - make sure any files you have in your external drive are backed up to your Macbook or PC.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to ddledet)
you still need to check it's format - if it's on a NTFS format - then it becomes read only in your Macbook.
if it's on a Mac OS format - then your PC can't read it.
Hence the reason I told you to format it to exFAT using your PC.
end result will make it readable and writeable in both PC and Mac
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 10:27 AM (in response to ddledet)
It's a Seagate drive. When I right-clicked "FORMAT" and chose "EXFAT" I got the message "Windows is unable to complete the format".
The box says "Flexible for all your needs. Use with PC and Mac computers - no reformatting." EEK
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 10:29 AM (in response to studyplenty)
ExFAT - A newer file format, supported in Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later.
Advantages: exFAT has many of the same advantages as FAT32 in that it's a disk format that offers interoperability between Macs and PCs. It has one big advantage over FAT32: exFAT supports file sizes larger than 4 GB, so if you have a need to move huge files between Macs and PCs, this is likely the format you'll want for your flash drive.
exFAT is supported by the following operating systems:
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.5 or greater)
- OS X Lion
- Windows XP SP2 or later (with an additional update for exFAT support)
- Windows Vista SP1 or later
- Windows 7
Disadvantages: As a relatively newer file system format, exFAT isn't supported in older versions of Mac OS X (anything prior to 10.6.5) or anything older than Windows XP SP2. If you won't be dealing with older Macs or PCs, this may not be a problem. Of greater issue is that most consumer electronics (cameras, camcorders, video game systems) don't support exFAT, either. If you need to transfer files between your Mac and one of these non-PC devices, you're almost certainly going to have to format your flash drive in FAT32 instead.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 10:33 AM (in response to ddledet)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 10:50 AM (in response to Bimmer 7 Series)
I read what you said about the support for Windows XP and I downloaded it. It seems to be formatting now!
This old grandma really apreciates your help. Thanks a million!!!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to ddledet)
Well, everything worked ... sort of. I was able to format the hard drive in exFAT. I copied a CD onto the hard drive using my MacBook Pro. When I connected the hard drive to the Windows XP CD, the music was there but in AIFF format -- iTunes doesn't seem to recognize it.
Oh well -- guess this is a question for a different thread. Maybe what I'm trying to do is impossible.
Thanks for all the great help!!
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