Intel Mac :: Format External USB Storage Drive To Read Mac And Windows Files?

Apr 17, 2012

How do I format an external USB Storage Drive to read Mac and Windows Files?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Best Format For External Drive Readable In OS X And Windows?

Nov 3, 2008

I have an external drive that will need to be connected at different times to both my Mac (Leopard) and my Windows XP & Vista machines. I had it formatted for Mac OS (Journaled) but it wasn't readable in XP or Windows. So what is the best format so that all can read/write to it normally? NTFS? It needs to be able to handle larger files (4GB and bigger).

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Format For Mac And Windows

May 8, 2010

I bought a new 1TB external hard drive. What formats should I choose in Disk Utility to make this disc compatible with both Mac and Windows? I rarely have files over 2GB and my Mac is running on Snow Leopard.

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OS X :: USB Drive Format - Windows And Mac For Large Files (4GB+)?

Nov 22, 2009

I have an 8GB Toshiba TransMemory? U2M USB Flash Drive and I want it to work with both Windows and Mac. I know this can be accomplished by formatting FAT32, but I need to be able to load 5GB files. This of course eliminates FAT as an option. I know there is a format that works for this, because I used to do these transfers with this very drive (with the manufacturer's format). Up until I had to temporarily reformat the drive for a little project. Now I need to get this USB drive back to a format that works for me.

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Intel Mac :: Format External Drive/memory Card?

May 9, 2012

Is there a place on my imac to format memory cards or external hard drives?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: How To Format External HDD To Read / Write On Mac

Jun 19, 2010

How do I format an external HDD to read/write on a mac osx running snow leopard, and also let it be able to be readable on windows vista/7?

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OS X :: Format External Harddrive As It's Read Only At The Moment?

Nov 13, 2008

Just about to format my external harddrive as its read only at the moment (only adjustable on a Windows machine).

I've opened disk utility and chosen my external HDD from there... my question is, which format do I use? Theres about four appearing:

Mac OS Extended (case sensitive)

Mac OS Extended (case sensitive, journaledd)

Mac OS Extended

Mac OS Extended (journaled)

Which one do I choose and why?

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OS X Mavericks :: Why Do Excel For Mac Files Keep Opening In Read Only Format

Aug 23, 2014

Why do my excel for mac 2011 files keep opening in 'Read Only' format?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4), excel 2011

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OS X :: Format External Hard Drive In Apple Partition Map Format?

Nov 5, 2009

I'm running Snow Leopard on my new Macbook Pro. I've got a 1.5TB External hard drive that I'm trying to figure out how to format in HFS+ with Apple Partition Map. I can figure out how to format in HFS using Disk Utility, however it still does it in GUID format and I do not know how to do it in Apple Partition Map.

Googleing this for hours has lead with all kinds of information on how to go to GUID FROM Apple Partition Map but not the other way around. I know GUID is the new hottness.. but this drive will be used exclusively to connect to my XBOX 360 and it supposedly only reads HFS+ when its formatted with Apple Partition Map. (I have tried it with Mac OS Extended (Journaled) with GUID, and the XBOX does NOT recognize it) I do not want to use Fat 32, (I know that that is the other major option) beacuse it limits file size.

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OS X :: External Hard Drive/transferring Files From Windows To Mac?

Dec 28, 2009

I have recently made the plunge into mac kingdom and very pleased so far.

I am going through the pain staking task of transferring music, photos etc.. from my windows laptop to my new macbook pro.

I started off by setting up file sharing and copying files but it is taking absolutely ages.

Ideally I would like to use my 500gb mybook external hard drive but given an experience I just had when putting a memory stick in my mac straight after loading it up from my pc am I likely to lose all my current external hard drive data?

Complete ball ache if thats the case as all my films are on there and burning it all to DVD would take forever.

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IMac :: External Storage - Ssd Drive - 2TB Hard Drive

Nov 22, 2010

I'm curious what people use for external storage on their iMacs. I have a Mac Pro which is getting a little long in the tooth. I'm debating whether to get a new Mac Pro or to get an iMac, which would be a pretty good speed bump from my Mac Pro 1,1. I'd get the ssd drive, and the 2TB harddrive and get aftermarket RAM. But what I like about the Mac Pro is the upgrades you can do. And I like the four hard drive bays, for storage and backup. I've got over 3 TB of photos and music/tv/movies, so I'm going to need an external drive. In addition, I'd like to be able to backup everything. Is there an elegant way to do this on an iMac with an external drive that isn't super loud and hot?

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OS X :: External Hard Drive For Storage?

Oct 7, 2010

I just bought an external hard drive (My Passport for Mac) because my Macbook's hard drive is almost full. I did not want it necessarily for backup purposes, but rather I wanted to be able to store music, docs, etc. that I might want to access in the future, but want to remove from my computer for now.

Should I use Time Machine? Will time machine let me access my hard drive to obtain certain files when needed? Or is Time Capsule's sole purpose to backup everything on my computer?

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Hardware :: Can All Windows PCs Use Time Capsule As A External Storage?

Mar 20, 2009

Hope this thread will benefit those who are considering to buy Time Capsule or already a have one.

I'm considering to get Time Capsule for my home network which consist of:

- One MBP (15" Unibody)

- Two Windows XP desptops (connected via Ethernet cable)

- One Windows Vista laptop

Could any Mac users help answer my queries below:

1) Since I'm going to use Time Capsule as backup storage for Time Machine. Can I still manually copy files into its HDD and share those files with other network users?

2) Can all Windows PCs use Time Capsule as a external storage for storing and sharing files even after Time Machine has "marked" it as a backup storage for my MBP?

3) I presume the HDD in Time Capsule is formatted using HFS+. In this situation, do Windows users need to install special software to access the HDD in Time Capsule?

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MacBook Pro :: Transfer Files Off An External Hard Drive Formatted For Windows?

Feb 2, 2012

I just bought my first mac (yay!) and am trying to transfer my files off of my old pc. The problem is that I stored all my personal files on an external hard drive, which is of course formatted for windows. My mac will open it, but it is "read only." I tried plugging it back into my pc and using the Migration Assistant to transfer my files over, but it was not detected (rest of the pc was).

However, the second time I tried plugging it in to my pc, it told me it would need to be formatted first. Obviously my mac has changed something on it, and now all my personal files are on a hard drive that is unusable by either my old pc or my new mac!


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MacBook Air :: How To Use External Hard Drive And Copy Files To Disk For Mac And Windows

Jun 4, 2014

How to copy files to external hard disk and use it for both mac and windows. there is the fat32 formatting bt i dont wanna use formatting because i already have a lot of content on the exteral hard disk.

MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)

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Hardware :: What Format Write / Read And PC Read?

Jun 16, 2009

I'm buying an external hard drive to use as a backup for my MacBook but also as a network drive that all the computers connected to my router (Airport Extreme) can use. There are two MacBooks and two PCs that connect to the network. I only need my MacBook to be able to write to the hard drive but I need the two PCs to be able to access and use the files on the hard drive. I was going to get a 1TB external and give it two partitions. The first partition is going to be the Time Machine backup for my MacBook and the other will be accessed by all computers on the network. What format will the second partition need to be so that both MacBooks and both PCs can view and use the files? Also what external hard drive would you recommend?

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OS X :: Use An External Hard Drive For Extra Storage?

May 3, 2010

Somewhat new to Macs. Year old aluminum macbook (not pro) with 160 gb hard drive - "Startup disk full" message - Finder says 159 gb used, 1 gb available. I am sure I could delete some software or photos but will run into same problem later. What is the best solution - put a larger hard drive in or can I use an external hard drive for additional storage (how to do this, will this impact performance). I have a 500 gb external hd for backup - can I use this??

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MacBook Pro :: Transfer Mac Files Onto A Windows NTFS Formatted External Hard Drive

Dec 4, 2014

Is it possible by any means to transfer mac files onto a windows “NTFS" formatted external hard drive...??  

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.5)

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Windows On Mac :: How To Format External Hdd

Oct 9, 2010

I correct in the understanding that this external drive can now be used by both my iMac and my Windows Vista PC? I want to be able to share the files (whether it be documents, photos or video) on the external hard drive with both my iMac and PC.

Additionally, is this type of formatting as stable as any other format? I am just concerned about losing any data long term. I will be backing up my files on two separate external drives using the same formatting. The duplication is in case one of the external hard drives crash.

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Intel Mac :: Move Files To External Hard Drive?

Apr 1, 2012

I have an iMac (Mid2011). I have too many files on my hard disc and am trying to move some over to an Elements Hard drive I have connected but when I try and move them over nothing happens and it just gives a can't do sign.

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Intel Mac :: Move All Files Onto External Hard Drive?

Apr 22, 2012

My mac is starting to become slower because its almost reached it 500GB limit. How can I transfer all of the files (*Excluding Applications) from my mac onto the hardrive, but removing them off my mac in the process so Im effectivly wiping my mac, and accessing all of the files off the external hardrive.

Mac OS X 10.5.8, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Use External Hard Drive As Storage Of Actual Hdd?

May 21, 2012

in mac book air how can we use external hard drive as storage of actual hdd.

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Intel Mac :: Where Are Files Taking Up Storage

Apr 9, 2012

I just transferred my iTunes library from my iMac to a LaCie D2 Quadra external HDD. I followed the instructions on how to transfer the library and then delete the files from my iMac. I have approximately 400 GB of Music/Movies. The transfer worked seamlessly and everything is showing up in iTunes. 

I then went into "about this Mac", more options, and then selected storage to see the allocation of my hard drive. It has freed up the majority of the 500GB HDD on my iMac, however it still shows some files. The largest allocation it still has is under Movies, according to the color coding at the bottom. It still show 40GB allocated here. I looked through all of my documents and folders in Finder and cannot find what files are still taking up this space. 

how to locate what files these are? I moved everything to an external HDD to free up the space on my iMac. I understand 40GB is not that much out of 500GB but still would prefer not to be wasting space. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Intel Mac :: Erase My Backup Files From My External Hard Drive?

Feb 26, 2012

I tried to erase my backup files from my external hard drive. Once in the trash, I cannot delete the backup.backup file.

Info:Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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Intel Mac :: Cannot Drop And Drag Files To External Hard Drive

Jun 22, 2012

i am a new user and cannot drop and drag my files from my mac to my external hard drive

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Hardware :: How To Format My External HDD For Mac AND Windows

Jul 20, 2007

i just bought the Seagate Freeagent 250GB external hard drive. I've already formatted it using disk utility and used Mac OS Extended (Journaled). the problem is that my friends who use windows cannot detect the hard drive. Can i format it another way so it can be used for both mac and windows?

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Intel Mac :: Convert Video Files With An Extension Of IDI_DVD To Digital Files Itunes And Imovies Can Read

Mar 26, 2012

how I can convert video files with an extension of IDI_DVD to a file itunes and imovie can read?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), imovie

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Applications :: Using External Hard Drive As Time Machine And Storage?

Feb 4, 2009

I just purchased a 500gb External Hard Drive. I was wondering what is the best way to format and partition it so that I can use 300gb dedicated to Time Machine and then use the ~180gb for external storage. The key part of my situation is that I want to be able to access the ~180 gb from both my Mac and my windows based machines. I know I could go into disk utility and partition it, but what format should I use if I want to do both.

The other part is the hard drive is already setup to use time machine since yesterday, however I am willing to format it completely to partition it to use on windows machines (XP and Vista.)

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Intel Mac :: Copy From IPhoto Directly To USB Or Other External Storage?

Jun 20, 2012

1) How do I import photos from my digital camera or SD card directly to USB or other external storage and  

2) How do I copy from iPhoto directly to USB or other external storage.  

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: Unable To Copy And Paste Files From External Hard Drive?

Apr 22, 2012

I m able to copy and paste selected files from external hard drive to my mac but not the other way around. Im not able to copy files from Mac to external hard drive. 

The same is working fine with USB flash memory.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), The same is working fine with USB

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