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I have macintosh so when i put the external hard drive it works with no problems but when i want to get sth as a backup from windows ,,the pc cant see the hard drive,except if i formated the hard drive,how can i use it for both??

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Your Mac can read Windows hard drives, but it can't write to them. There is a free software to allow the Mac to read Windows formatted drives, but it's a bit technical. You have to install Mac-FUSE (search Google) and NTFS-3g (go to www.macupdate.com and search for NTFS-3g).

There is commercial software that will allow Windows to see Mac OS Extended (HFS+) formatted hard drives, including MacDrive. I believe it's about $50. If you are using Windows on your Mac via Apple's BootCamp feature and you have Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard", make sure you install the drivers from the Snow Leopard disc that will allow Windows to read Mac formatted disks.

You can also format your external drive as FAT 32 from your Mac (use Disk Utility in /Applications/Utilities). But FAT is ancient. That's MS-DOS's filesystem. It's not great. But if you want to do it, use your Mac (yes, your Mac because it can format larger drives as FAT than Windows can):

**WARNING***WARNING*** this will ERASE all data on the hard drive. Back up first!***WARNING
1. Click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of your Mac's screen.
2. Type: Disk Utility
3. Click the Disk Utility Application that comes up (or press Return if you're using Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6).
4. Click the icon of your external hard drive.
5. Click the Erase tab.
6. Change the format to FAT 32 and Give the drive a one word name, no more than 8 letters.
7 Click the Erase button. ***WARNING*** This will erase your drive!
8. Now the drive can be read by Windows or Mac OS X.

Whew! Lots of info. I hope this helped. Please let us know if it helped. Let us know if it didn't, too. We'll do our best to help. If this helped you, please rate me.

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