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I have an iomega exteranl hardrive whic i can access on my Mac laptop, but when i connect the drive to my my windows based laptop, it's not accessable

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  • spx09 May 11, 2010

    did you format it with your apple? i think apple doesn't use fat32 or ntfs so there should be the problem. but as i don't know much about apple i post this as a clarification request.

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I not a big mac expert but it is probably to do with the way your portable drive is formatted. Windows pc's will recognize drives formatted as FAT32 or NTFS. Mac's will also recognize these formats. If the disk was originally formatted with a mac format like HFS is won't be recognisable to windows. Connect it to your mack and look for the Fike System Type. You could back up any files you have on the portabe device to your mac hard drive then format the drive on a windows machine. Start with a NTFS partition and see if your mac can read and write files to it. If not then try again with fa32. Once you have it going you can put your saved files back. Hope this helps. Let me know how you go.

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