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Mac Formatted Seagate Go 250GB Hard Drives are nearly $40 extra than the same HD formatted for Windows OS. Is there a way I can just buy the Windows OS formatted HD and convert it to be the same as if I had just bought the unnecessarily overpriced Mac formatted HD? Thanks!

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  • flcc77 Dec 26, 2008

    I have the same deal, I don't want to pay extra when all I need is the USB 2.0 instead of the firewire.

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Yes, you can format a windows OS drive on your MAC to one of the MAC filing system, which would work just as good.

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