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How do i make my hard drive be recognizable by both MAC and Windows? I have a seagate 500gb external hard drive and I had to reformat it in my HP laptop. After doing so, whenever i use a mac, my hard drive cant be recognized by it. And so i tried reformatting it again this time, using a mac. But it was windows, who couldnt recognize it this time. Finally, i made a partition thats recognizable by both mac and windows. But it is too much of a hassle. whenever i wanna access the files that were saved from a mac in my windows, it is IMPOSSIBLE TO DO SO. HELP. I JUST WANT A DECENTLY WORKING HARD DRIVE. How do i make my files accessible to both mac and windows? Thanks

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For the MAC to see a PC formatted hard drive, format the hard drive using the PC but format the hard drive in FAT32 not NTFS.
You will then able to transfer files between the PC and the MAC.
The MAC will copy file to the hard drive in PC file format.

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Can a Seagate External Hard Drive be reformatted?


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