How to format a hard drive for MAC and PC

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Want to format a hard drive for Mac and PC compatibility? You have to set it up correctly before getting starting.

Mac OS Journaled is the formatting option for Mac and NTFS or MS-Doc is the formatting option for PC. But to get a hard drive to be compatible for both Mac and PC, you have to choose the exFAT formatting options. Fat32 is another option, but it limits file transfer to 4GB, so choose exFat when formatting your drive.

For Mac, format your drive under disk utility. For PC, format your drive under disk management.

Video by Howfinity
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Hey everyone. In this video, I wanted to show you how you could take any hard drive, either these portable drives or these bigger external drives and format it so it’s compatible with a Mac and a PC.
So typically I work on a Mac so I format my hard drives to work on a Mac,
but then if I’m collaborating with someone on a PC, it always becomes a problem, so in this video
I wanted to show you a unique formatting option that makes these drives work both on Mac or on PC.
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Okay, I just mounted the new hard drive. This is it right here is showing up on my desktop.
Now I’m doing this on a Mac, but you could also do this in Windows.
I’ll show you a screenshot of what that looks like. Go ahead and open this drive.
Now depending on the drive is gonna come with couple of setup options. We’re gonna go ahead and ignore those.
We’re gonna go to the search option on top and let’s look for Disk Utility
and go ahead and launch Disk Utility. On a PC, it’s under disk management.
So look for Disk Management, and that’s where you’ll do this on a PC. So on the Mac,
go ahead and select that drive. Now I typically
eject my other drive so if I have other drives here, I usually eject them
just to make sure I don’t make a mistake and erase the drive
I don’t want to erase. Here under Disk Utility,
you should see erase, go ahead and click that and you could go ahead and name your drive,
but this is where you decide if this is gonna be for a Mac for
Windows or for both. So if you click this drop down, these are the options that you’re gonna get. So for a PC
MS-Dos is usually the option that you could use on a Mac or if you’re on a PC the option is
NTFS. That’s gonna be for a PC. For a Mac, Mac OS extended.
That’s the one for the Mac
but this is the one we want that’s gonna be for both exFAT. So if you choose this option exFAT,
I’m gonna choose that right now
and then you could go ahead and press erase and if for some reason the operation fails, go ahead and try it again.
If you forget to name it and it’s calling title you could erase it again, and you could rename it
but exFAT is the option that you want and that gonna be readable on both Mac and PC.
So if you’re on a PC,
make sure when you go through the formatting process you do the same thing, pick exFAT,
and that will be compatible for Mac and PC.
One more note. I wanted to make here for any reason if you format a hard drive
And you don’t see the correct space in the hard drive so in this case it says only half a gigabyte is available
But this is a 5 terabyte hard drive
So I should actually have 5 terabytes available so when I press come in. I here it shouldn’t say capacity
413 megabyte so if you see that as an issue
And if you go ahead and erase it again
And you format it it’s still gonna have the same issues so what you want to do is go ahead and click this drop down
And show all devices instead so if you show all devices
It will show you the top layer of that hard drive now a lot of the times
This is not an issue, but just in case you get this kind of a message
Go ahead and select the top drive and go ahead and erase and again
go ahead and erase the same way with exFAT if you wanna for mac and Windows or
Mac OS extended journaled if you want it for just a Mac. I hope you found this useful
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