Tuesday, May 22, 2012

External hard drive for both Mac and PC

I've been using external hard drives for a while now. Recently i switched to Mac, I was able to use these hard disks and retrieve documents and files. However i was not able to write to them with "Not recognizing the external hard drive".  Here is how i got around:

1. Remember that you loose all data while doing this, so back up on another hard drive
2. Connect your hard drive to a windows O/S computer with either vista or windows 7
3. Open windows explorer and right mouse click and select format
4. Pick exFAT format and 32 kb file block size
5. Format the disk

now it is ready to use. Remember that all data that you have on teh disk is lost and back it up on a different disk before you do any of this.

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