Need Help With Mac/windows

By akabanu76 ยท 7 replies
Apr 19, 2008
  1. Hi there...
    i am trying to hook up an external drive which had been mac formatted into my windows os. My pc managed to install the drivers and stuff but the drive does not appear in my computer. I need this to work bcos i will use this drive for both windows and mac machines. Any idea guys? Please help me out.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    What do you mean "mac formatted into my windows os" ? If you've formatted the drive in Windows it will either be in FAT32 or NTFS. If you've formatted it in MacOSX it will either be FAT32 or HFS(+).

    If you've formatted it in HFS(+), it's normal that Windows sees the drive but not the partition as it does not support that filesystem.
  3. SiMuLaCrUm

    SiMuLaCrUm TS Rookie

    You might have to re format the external... :/
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    Windows would normally be NTFS, but supports FAT32

    Mac supports HFS+ but also supports FAT32.

    As an External device, the natural thing to do is format the device FAT32 and let
    all systems play in the sandbox :)
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    The problem we came across in a thread a few weeks ago (that was an 2004 thread brought back) is that Windows XP won't format over 30 gigs as FAT32. And that if you try and format the external as FAT32 from within OSX Windows will not recognise it.

    It may be advantageous to put a 30 gig FAT32 partition on it (format with Windows) then leave the rest NTFS. OS X will read NTFS so you can still access the data, then do any saving from OS X onto the FAT32 partition. Or use something like Partition Magic to format the full drive as FAT32.

    Edit: Here is the discussion I was talking about:
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    You can use Win/98se or any Linux for format FAT32 > 32gb :)
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I think he's looking for a simple solution jobeard. :p
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    the only thing 'not so simple' is the lack of an available system or friend with same :)
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