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I split my hard drive so my mac can get it but know my pc wont get it

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The hard drive must be partitioned and formatted as FAT32 partitions.
If you format it using the MAC, then the PC cannot read this hard drive, but if you format it using the PC then both the MAC and PC will read and write to this hard drive.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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    Chris Hingee Nov 19, 2009

    Sorry I forgot to mention this.

    If you format the hard drive so you can use it between the MAC and PC then then hard drive needs to be partitioned in 4 GB partition sizes because FAT32 cannot support partitions or driver sizes larger than 4 Gb.

    If you want to use the hard drive only on the MAC then format it using the MAC or it you only want to use it on the PC then format it in NTFS, (you can still divide up the hard into smaller partition/s)



    I have a suggestion that you can do if you want to use the external drive for both MAC and PC..

    Create 3 partitions - (you can create more if you wish)

    First - Create a 4 GB partition and format it in FAT32 (this allows you to exchange data between the MAC and the PC.

    Second - Create a 370 Gb partition for the MAC - format it using the MAC OS.

    Third - Create the remaining disk space 376 Gb partition and format it using the PC in NTFS file format (NTSF can support drives or partitions up to 16Tb).

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You could invest in a program called MACDRIVE that allows PC's to see mac formatted drives.

Otherwise I would format it as a PC drive only using the FAT 32 sysytem that AFAIK macs can also still see.

http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/

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