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Formatting brand new external hard drive

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ch3zaa Calculating status...
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May 3, 2013 12:10 AM

Hello,

 

I just bought a brand new Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive (2TB) and am trying to work out how to format it. I want to move all my photos and movies to it from my laptop so i have more space. I have a Mac OS X 10.5.8 laptop but i also wanted to make sure it was compatible with other Windows computers in case i need to use it on someone else's PC.

 

A friend in IT said i don't need to format it as it allowed me to drop files onto the hard drive from my mac and he could view the file on his windows laptop. Could someone please clarify if i need to format it or not?

 

If so, I've read through a few posts over the net and i am getting confused with the different format types.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

 

Thank you!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    May 3, 2013 12:14 AM (in response to ch3zaa)

    ch3zaa wrote:

     

    A friend in IT said i don't need to format it as it allowed me to drop files onto the hard drive from my mac and he could view the file on his windows laptop. Could someone please clarify if i need to format it or not?

     

    He/she's right. If you can copy files to the external drive from your Mac and he/she can read the files in a PC, everything is OK and you don't have to modify anything. It probably means that the external drive is formatted with FAT32, a filesystem compatible with Windows and OS X. The only bad part of FAT32 is that it doesn't support files bigger than 4 GB, but apart from that, it works fine. NTFS and exFAT fix this problem, but exFAT isn't compatible with your Mac OS X version and OS X can't write in NTFS drives.

     

    As I told you, you don't have to change anything

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    May 3, 2013 2:43 AM (in response to ch3zaa)

    From what you say, it looks like your external drive is formatted with NTFS but you installed NTFS-3G in order to be able to write in the external drive. I used NTFS-3G in the past and I decided to use another filesystem because that app gave me a lot of headaches.

     

    The message you are receiving is related to the fact that your friend ejected the external drive without doing that safely, so NTFS-3G is showing that window. To solve that, just open Terminal (it's in /Applications/Utilities) and copy this command:

     

    mount -t ntfs-3g -o force /dev/disk1s1 /Volumes/Seagate Expansion Drive

     

    Another option is to connect the external drive to a PC and eject the disk safely

    iMac (21.5-inch Late 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    May 6, 2013 9:48 AM (in response to ch3zaa)

    That's correct if you want to format the external drive with FAT32. If you have files inside the external disk, copy them to the Mac before

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    May 6, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to ch3zaa)

    You don't need that file. Note that you can't open exe files in OS X

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    May 6, 2013 10:29 AM (in response to ch3zaa)

    You are welcome

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