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5.0 out of 5 stars Seagate 3TB ex HD works great for both Mac and PC, November 7, 2012
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I have both Mac and PC in my home so it's important for me that the ex HD works for both. I've tried other models and they don't work as smoothly as this Seagate. I formatted this Seagate to exFAT32 and it has been working flawlessly on both my Mac and PC. FYI, Mac products default format is "Mac Journaled" or "HFS". If you format your HD to this, then your HD wont work on your PC. Conversely, PC products default format is NTFS. If you format your HD to this, then your HD wont work on your Mac. The only format that both Mac and PC use is exFAT or FAT. Therefore, if you want to use your HD interchangeably with both Mac and PC then you must format to FAT
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012 11:13:43 AM PST
Neela says:
Hi Jonathan,

Exactly I'm looking for this information. And you saved lot of time and money for me. Awesome review.

Still I have few questions though. I have my macbook pro with USB 3.0. If I format the ex HD to exFAT 32, then can I make use of USB 3.0 on my mac? and same time can I also use this for USB 2.0 on my other windows laptop.

Looking forward to your reply.

Thanks much,
Rahul

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 11:18:50 AM PST
Yes, this Seagate usb 3.0 is backwards compatible with usb 2.0 systems. So you can use this on both 2.0 and 3.0 USB's.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 6:37:50 PM PST
Book buyer says:
You can format it to NTFS and use it on both Mac and PC if you install something like NTFS + on your Mac.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 4:01:45 PM PDT
Hi Jonathan,
I am a Mac user - OSX 10.6. I bought this to put my videos on. But I can't drag and drop or save or do any of the normal things to back up. I dragged off the dashboard, but that didn't help. How do I format this drive? I have no clue! I have lots of movies I want to store on this device, but right now it's worthless. Any suggestions? I have a time machine that is full also.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2013 10:40:04 AM PDT
Hi Anita. First you must format this drive before saving anything onto it.
1] Plug in the external hard drive to your Mac.
2] Open "Disk Utility" (on top-right screen you'll find a magnifying glass symbol. Click it and type "disk utility").
3] In Disk Utility select your external hard drive.
4] Select the "Erase" tab.
5] In the center of the screen you'll see "Format".....to the right of it select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"........FYI: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) if you're planning on using this external hard drive ONLY for Mac computers because if you format this external hard drive this way then Windows computers will not understand (read/write) onto this external hard drive. If you plan on using this external hard drive for both Mac and Windows, then instead of "Mac OS Extended" choose "EX FAT". Keep in mind that if you format this external hard drive as EX FAT or EX FAT ms dos, then your Time Machine function on your Mac computer will not work! Time Machine works with only "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"
6] Just below "Format" line, type a name for your external hard drive
7] Click "Erase" to format this external hard drive
8] Now this external hard drive is ready for use.

I hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 9:51:08 AM PDT
Genuine BK says:
You should also mention that people should preferably format to exFAT since FAT doesn't support file sizes upwards of 4GB.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 6:05:53 PM PST
Parcaae says:
Jonathan,

Thank you for your information. I am new to mac, and want to be able to transfer files, pictures, music and videos to mac and windows. So will you give me detailed steps on how to make this compatible for mac and PC. I am a newbie to mac so I am really timid about what to do. Thanks for the help in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 9:51:03 PM PST
Jonathan - take it to the Apple store! They will configure! I got lost in trying to make it compatible - totally messed up my computer - and I mean messed it up. I took the computer and the seagate drive and they fixed it up just fine - and at no cost. If I buy another hard drive - I'm taking it right in! Takes em seconds to do it - just be sure you have made an appointment.
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