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Thread: How to format a new external HDD to use on Mac OSX..

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    Default How to format a new external HDD to use on Mac OSX..

    Just very simple questions...

    Currently I have a 80GB which i wanna sell away, so how should i format it in Mac OSX to allow PC users to use?

    I'm getting a 200GB tomorrow, and how should i go about formatting it in Mac OSX?

    Both are SATA drives in a external HDD casing.

    I did it before but i forgotten all about it.

    TIA for those who will reply

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    Default Re: How to format a new external HDD to use on Mac OSX..

    Just run disk utility and format the drive to Windows FAT32 before you sell it.

    Here's a link that will help you to partition your drive if you need it.

    http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~pcarbo/macnexstar.html

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    Default Re: How to format a new external HDD to use on Mac OSX..

    Thanks so much! I'll give it a try tomorrow.

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    Default Re: How to format a new external HDD to use on Mac OSX..

    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    Thanks so much! I'll give it a try tomorrow.
    I've personally witness this on a Powerbook G4 (the guy owns a photo studio in Macpherson IIRC) when the person bought an external enclosure with 400GB drive.

    You simply plug the drive into the mac, wait for OSX to detect and prompt you. It will state that the drive is not initialized and will give you to option to initialize it. Click Initialize Drive and follow the on-screen instructions thereafter.

    If you want the drive to be compatible across both OSX and Windows platforms, you will want to use a Windows based PC to do the partitioning and formatting with FAT32.

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