1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 19, 2012 4:25 PM by Archieismydog
Ramonadm Level 1 Level 1

Can I use the same external hard-drive to save to, that I use with my PC, with the Mac? I don't want to erase my hard drive. Or do I need to purchase a new hard drive?

Ramona


MacBook Pro
Reply by Csound1 on Aug 19, 2012 4:21 PM Helpful
You can use the same drive, but you will need to erase and reformat it to a file system that OSX and Windows can both use, or buy another drive.
Reply by Archieismydog on Aug 19, 2012 4:25 PM Helpful
It depends on how the drive is formatted. There are different file systems used on different hard drives, some which work with Macs, some which work with windows, and some which work with both. You can check how your external drive is formatted by connecting it, and opening Disk Utility (in the utilities folder). If it is ExFAT or MS-DOS formatted, then it should work with both operating systems. If it is Mac OS X formatted it will only work with Macs. If you have space on your internal drive to store whatever's on your external drive at the moment, if need be, you can reformat your external drive using whichever file system you desire, using the 'erase' tab in disk utility.

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  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    You can use the same drive, but you will need to erase and reformat it to a file system that OSX and Windows can both use, or buy another drive.

  • Archieismydog Level 1 Level 1

    It depends on how the drive is formatted. There are different file systems used on different hard drives, some which work with Macs, some which work with windows, and some which work with both.

     

    You can check how your external drive is formatted by connecting it, and opening Disk Utility (in the utilities folder). If it is ExFAT or MS-DOS formatted, then it should work with both operating systems. If it is Mac OS X formatted it will only work with Macs.

     

    If you have space on your internal drive to store whatever's on your external drive at the moment, if need be, you can reformat your external drive using whichever file system you desire, using the 'erase' tab in disk utility.