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My 'maxtor' hard drive has been formatted to Mac OS extended- therefore it is not recognised by my other non-mac laptops and PCs. How can i format it so that i can transfer music and photos from macs to non- macs using this hard drive, and also back up files from both types of computer? Thanks.

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If it's a drive in an external case with a USB connector, and you're idea is to plug it into each computer, that won't work.

Otherwise, you share it on a network. Choose which machine it will be in permanently, then share it.

Of course, that means you have to have a network...

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