How to formate WD My Book (1TB) for Mac and Windows? Right now it works only on my mac. It is ok with me if I have to delete everything to make this work but I need this drive to be regognized by both systems.
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It should work OK. If you want to exchange data between a PC and a MAC then then hard disk will need to be formatted on a PC in FAT32 file system. if you only want to use this hard disk on a MAC then you can format the hard disk with your MAC in HPFS file system.
if your using windows just right click on the drive and select format. in mac go to disk utility and select drive. choose erase and erase drive using either fat32 if you want read/write support for windows or just format as mac journal
MAC computers use a different filesystem to arange data on your hard drive, if you are switching back and forth between Windows and MAC platforms, you will need to reformat the drive to the FAT32 filesystem.
To do this, from your Windows system, connect your drive, right click on the drive and select Format, select FAT32 from the Filesystem drop down menu. Once the format is complete you should be able to use the drive on either system.
The Mac disk format cannot see or read by a PC, the PC can see the external drive as a device only.
The way around this problem is to format the external drive with the PC, now you can fransfer/copy files to the external drive and when you plug it into the Mac, the MAC can read PC file formats, this also applies to USB memory sticks.
the problem is that your western digital operates using the NTFS (New Technology File System) which is the standard file system of Windows. Apple macs is not interopable with native NTFS therefore you need to install a read-write NTFS file-system driver on your mac.
an excellent free mac NTFS driver can be found here- http://mac.softpedia.com/get/System-Utilities/NTFS-3G.shtml
download and install the software then restart your mac.
Plug it into your mac, open "Disk Utility" select your Hard Drive in the list to the side, click "RAID" change the Volume Format to MS-DOS (FAT). Now unplug it, plug it into your PC, open "My Computer" right click your Hard Drive and click "Format" change to FAT(it might be FAT 32, or something else). Click "Format." This should work.
hope it helps!
Some solutions possible:
- First split the video in chunks <2GB to make them more compatible with older filesystems and networking technologies)
A) Copy the file over the network (e.g. using Windows Sharing on the Mac, or using File and Printer Sharing on Vista)
B) Try to do it via the MyBook. This means the Mac must be able to write something and Vista must be able to read it. You say you've "set up" the MyBook "for my macbook pro". How did you format it? What filesystem? Mac OS Extended (HFS+) with Journaling? In general, you need to install something on Vista to read the Mac's filesystem format (HFS+), or on the Mac to write a Windows format (probably best to use NTFS). Examples of software like that are:
(Win) MacDisk <http://www.macdisk.com>, MacDrive <http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive>
(Mac) MacFUSE with NTFS-3G <http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/>
or Paragon NTFS <http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/>
B2) If you've formatted the MyBook as FAT32, you're lucky. Just split the movie file in chunks <2GB, copy them to the MyBook, copy them from the MyBook in Vista and join the chunks again.
(for splitting you can use e.g. HJSplit and its compatibles <http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit/>)
(also check e.g. "NTFS on your Mac two ways" <http://www.tuaw.com/2007/11/19/ntfs-on-your-mac-two-ways/> for an alternative explanation.)