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Need to Reformat my Western Digital 500 Gig Hardrive

I am a mac user but need to send a lot of digital images to a company that only uses PC. Currently the Hard Drive is formatted for Macintosh.

How do I reformat the Hard Drive so both Macintosh and PC computers can read and write to it.

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You want to make the drive FAT32. Both Mac and PC can read and write to FAT32 drives. Macs cannot write to NTFS drives, but they can read from them. Many external hard drives come preformatted as FAT32 for this reason, so users can do exactly what you're trying to do. 
FAT32 was the prevalent drive format in the PC world for several years. FAT32 drives are somewhat less stable/more prone to errors than newer formats like NTFS, but if you take care of the drive, you should not have any trouble. 

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Simple, you have to format it by selecting Dos Drive which supports NTFS format.  or else try other option which is to format it in PC computer be sure you will select the NTFS format not FAT32. Im sure you can use it now to both Mac and PC. 

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You don't really need to do anything. Today both Macs and PCs recognize all common PDFs. So if you are just swapping files back and forth you should have no problems.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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SOURCE: format harddrvies western digital wd1600

try using the dynamic drive overlay supplied with the drive? Your MB may not be able to handle it.

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SOURCE: Unable to access external WD 500 Gb drive: "You need to format the disk"

I have battled this for a few days. Your mentioning USB leads me to a possible solution.

I had a 500GB drive and put it in the USB enclosure and could only see 128GB one time, 138GB another. I found that external drive enclosures have their own IDE controller chips with older ones limiting the size of the drive they are able to "see".

The best test is to internally mount the drive (perverts will read this differently than intended and risk injury due to shock!) to make sure it can be seen. If so then the next best step is to spring for a new drive enclosure, one that supports the higher capacity drive. It worked for me! My old external enclosure's IDE controller could not handle the higher capacity drive and the new one was perfectly happy with it. Good luck! - Andy C

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SOURCE: Western Digital Hard Drive will no longer mount

HI. So I had this problem twice with the same hard drive. I didn't have the money to replace the hard drive the first time, but this time I did, so my ultimate solution to offer is to purchase a different HD and migrate the data from the current one.
How did I get the drive to turn back on so I could get the data migrated to the new HD? Persistence! I kept disconnecting and reconnecting the drive, making sure to shut the drive down by pressing the blue button on the front until the drive powered down. I disconnected, waited for some time (between ten and 20 minutes) Then I reconnected the FireWire cable first, and the power cable second, waited for it to mount - and eventually...
IT DID!!
Wow am I happy. I'm going to run a series of diagnostics on this one but I'm probably going to retire it. Too bad because 500 gigs is a lot of space to loose, but this being the second occurrence makes parting all the easier. I mean, my entire iTunes library is on this thing!
So, just keep trying - plug the drive into the computer, then connect the power cable and wait for it to come on.
I'm running Mac OS 10.6.4 and an older machine 10.4.11, both of which were able to read this drive before, the 10.6.4 had the problem initially, then both machines had issues. Ultimately the 10.6 machine was successful with a FireWire 400 connection.
I hope this helps!!

Posted on Oct 19, 2010

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