This article is about How to Make an External Hard Drive Work With Mac OS. So read this free guide, How to Make an External Hard Drive Work With Mac OS step by step. If you have query related to same article you may contact us.
How to Make an External Hard Drive Work With Mac OS – Guide
An external hard drive compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems can be very useful for users working on both operating systems. However, Windows is mainly optimized for the NTFS (new technology file system) format, APFS is made for Mac OS. As we all know, NTFS is not compatible with the Mac and APFS cannot handle Windows either. Fortunately, with the help of this article, you can create an external hard drive compatible with Windows and Mac OS.
This does not require any third party applications or additional software help. Let’s start making the external hard drive compatible with the Mac.back to menu ↑
Why you need to reformat the external hard drive
When I bought the hard drive for the first time, I was unable to copy anything to it (but I was able to copy it). Disk Utility showed that it was formatted for MS-DOS (FAT), but I’m pretty sure it would be NTFS. If you have the same problem, your only recourse is to reformat it in one of two formats. Like my WD My Passport Ultra, most external hard drives are customized to work with Windows, not OS X.
If you are going to use the external hard drive with Macs only or want to use it for Time Machine backups, format it in Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you are like me, who also needs to use at least part of the hard disk of Windows PCs, you will need to choose the MS-DOS (FAT) format. But here you won’t have a lot of support for Time Machine. In addition, you cannot create partitions larger than 2 TB or move files larger than 4 GB.
How to Reformat the external hard drive
How to Create Partitions
I am planning to use my hard drive for Time Machine backups and to transport media files. I may need to use the hard drive with Windows computers, so I will format one of the partitions as MS-DOS (FAT), fully aware of its limitations. The other, for Time Machine backups, will be in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format.
I hope you like the guide How to Make an External Hard Drive Work With Mac OS. In case if you have any query regards this article you may ask us. Also, please share your love by sharing this article with your friends.