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Harddrive is not recognisable by both PC and MAC.. Its either one or the other..

I have just purchased a Maxtor Basics 500mb External Harddrive. I plugged it into my PC (running XP) and XP found the drive and I was able to backup some files. I then plugged it into my iMac and it did not recognise it. I had to inform OSX to format it for the Apple which it did (which deleted the orignal PC files on it) and the Mac found it.. I then backed some files onto it. My issue now is that when I connect it to my PC it is not recognised as a drive... Arghhhh !! Can somebody please help. I need it to be able to be recognised by both my PC and iMac as an external harddrive as I use both.. Can anybody please help... Thank you all in advance.

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  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    Thanks 20YrsCompExp.

    I think the literature is very misleading on the box, where it confirms its interchangable.. I was hoping I could just use it as and when needed and not have to partition it...

    Oh well.... At least I can back up some stuff !!

    Anyone else found any other ways of getting around having to partion the drive..

    Thank you all so much for your help !!

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Partition the drive into 2 250 Gig partions, Call 1 partition MAC and the other one name PC, for the apropriate partion on each machine

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