How do I format Western digital external hard drive for Mac and PC? 'I get a new Western digital hard drive and want to use it as an external disk to save working files.
But I don't know how to format it since I should frequently switch from a PC to a Macbook. Can you tell me how to format an external hard drive for Mac and PC compatibility so that I can easily access or transfer my stuff between the two operating system?' Overview of external hard drive formatting for Mac and PC As we all know, Mac and Windows use different file systems by default. So, if you frequently use both a PC and a Mac computer and want to share an external drive between the two operating system for data backup or transfer, you need to make it compatible with Mac and PC first. But how can you format external hard drive for Mac & PC? What is the best file system that makes external hard drive compatible with both PC and Mac?
What is the best file system that supported by both PC and Mac? Actually, many users have some doubts on this question.
If you are one of them, you can choose FAT32 or exFAT in your case. Advantages of FAT32 file system: FAT32 is not only compatible with Mac and Windows but also many gaming and Linux OSs. Disadvantages of FAT32 file system: 1.
Single files larger than 4GB on the external hard drive is not supported by FAT32. Mac OS X's Time Machine backup utility won't work with FAT32.
If you keep your hard drive's out-of-the-box NTFS format for all the reasons FAT32 displeases, there's a workaround that will allow your Mac to read and write files to the drive. Dec 29, 2014 WD my Passport external hard drive Set Up Guide for Mac. My Passport for mac and pc windows, Western Digital 100gb 200gb 300gb 400gb 500gb 1tb, 2tb, 3tb, 4tb, 5tb, 6tb. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, there’s plenty of space to store a massive amount of photos, videos, music and documents. Perfectly paired with Apple’s Time Machine backup software and password protection, the My Passport for Mac drive helps keep your files safe.
How to format an external hard drive to FAT32 for Mac and PC If you ignored all the disadvantages and decided to format your external hard drive to FAT32, you might need a third-party software for help when the disk is larger than 32GB. You know, Windows Disk Management utility completely cannot help at this moment. Here, you can try EaseUS, a program allows you to format Western Digital hard drive, Seagate hard drive, Toshiba hard drive, etc to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista with simple steps. Windows 10 is supported To format external hard drive for Mac and PC: Step 1. Connect the external hard drive to PC, launch EaseUS free partition tool, right-click the disk and choose 'Format partition'.
Configure the label you want in the Partition Label box and then select the FAT32 file system in the 'File System' drop-down list for the disk. Choose the Cluster Size (512 bytes, 1, 2, 4.64KB) in the 'Cluster Size' drop-down list and click 'OK' to continue. Click 'Apply' to format the external hard drive to FAT32 for Mac and PC compatibility.
I received a replacement 750GB external hard drive from Western Digital. The drive is currently formatted for FAT32. The previous (defunct) hd was also FAT32, which I did not realize upon receiving and using.
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When trying to save large files in Final Cut Pro, the hard drive would save numerous files with none over 2GB in size. I think that FAT32 was the reason. With the new hd, I want to get off on the right foot, to format for my Mac. I contacted Western Digital technical support for advice on formatting the hd. They were no help. After almost an hour the tech said that I needed to contact Apple technical support because in Finder Window when I click on Macintosh HD, I did not have the utility 'First Aid Erase Partition Restore' to click on. Does this make sense?
I raised the possibility the First Aid utility might be a feature with Leopard. Since I have Tiger OS (10.4.11), I thought this might be the a contributing factor why it didn't show up. Still, all I need to do is format this new HD, right? Can't be that complicated (I hope). Can anybody help? Thanks DeltaMac and #1 Rhapsody for your responses. Can I clarify a couple of things?
#1 Rhapsody wrote: When I open Disk Utility pertaining to the new HD I see 698.6 GB WD (for Western Digital), then below that which looks like a subfolder, 'My Book' (Western Digital's name for the HD). I click on each one of these, then click Erase, choose Mac OS Extended for the Volume Format, name it, or can I leave it untitled (as is)? Just curious, how does journaled differ from without journaled? What about the Security Options button? It defaults to 'Don't Erase Data'.