4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 1, 2008 6:25 PM by mattadamsapple
Tara Young Level 1 (0 points)
Is it possible to have an external hard drive and connect it to both of my computers (emac and a pc)? I would like to access information from both computers.

Emac
10.3.9
1.25 ghz
1g ram

PC
Vista
2g ram
Duo core 2

emac, Mac OS X (10.3.x), 1.25 Ghz
  • dolbinau Level 4 (1,440 points)
    If your hard drive is formatted using the Fat32 file system (Not NTFS) then you will be able to read and write files using the drive on both systems. OS X can read but not write to NTFS volumes.

    You can format the drive correctly using Windows or from Apple's disk utility using the MS-DOS (FAT) Option.
  • Tara Young Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you. I am new to the Mac world but as a designer I need to be flexible.
  • JMVP Level 6 (16,840 points)
    You'd likely find it worthwhile to purchase MacDrive for the PC; that will make the drive faster (especially on the Mac) and will alleviate the need for any tricks formatting a large drive as FAT32. (Also very handy for using an iPod with both Mac and PC.)
  • mattadamsapple Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm going to be using a mac for storing/ editing video but the data at some point will need to be viewed on a pc.

    1- Does that mean that before I use an external hard drive on my mac it has to be formatted using "mac drive" on the pc?

    2- What is a good external hard drive that has a proven track record of being sucessful in both platforms.

    Thanks!