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Old 31-08-2011, 03:37 AM   #1
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reformatting mybook wd harddrive

I have a portable harddrive that I used to save files from by pc, but now that I have gotten a mac, I cannot transfer files from the mac onto the hard drive because it seems have been formatted for the pc, does anyone know how i can switch it so that it can be used with the mac, or possibly both?

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Old 31-08-2011, 07:06 AM   #2
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Re: reformatting mybook wd harddrive

You would need to use FAT32. It has a 4GB file size limit and I wouldn't use it for other than USB thumbdrives and small HDDs. You should use HFS and buy MacDrive for Windows or use NTFS, which is quite well supported already in OS X Snow Leopard.
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Old 31-08-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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Re: reformatting mybook wd harddrive

And download NTFS-3G for your mac.
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Old 31-08-2011, 11:24 PM   #4
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Re: reformatting mybook wd harddrive

so theres nothing I can do now about the mybook?
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:40 AM   #5
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Re: reformatting mybook wd harddrive

Well if it's formatted for PC, then it's either FAT32 (which should already work in OS X) or NTFS (for which you get r/w support by downloading NTFS-3G).

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:09 AM   #6
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Re: reformatting mybook wd harddrive

To use it for your Mac, use the Mac Disk Utility to format it. Actually this could be used to format it as FAT(32) for PC as well. Common flash drives are formatted FAT(32) and are used on both Macs and PCs. However, certain Mac files will always fail on a FAT(32) drive so be careful.

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Old 07-09-2011, 06:47 PM   #7
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Re: reformatting mybook wd harddrive

Thanks allot Im pretty sure it worked, however I did have to erase everything that was on there before. So to anyone else who wants to reformat a portable hard drive, make sure you do it before loading a bunch of stuff on.
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:53 PM   #8
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Re: reformatting mybook wd harddrive

I'm glad it worked! just remember like Blank^ said, FAT32 has a 4 GB file size limit.

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