Mac Os Journaled Hard Drive Windows

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I bought a brand new external hard drive (disk) Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1Tb. A Transcend company says that it can be used on both Windows and macOS. But most drives (from any manufacturer) come formatted in the NTFS file system format for OS Windows, while for macOS we needed the HFS+ format or the Apple’s brand new APFS (Apple File System) format. macOS can read but not write to NTFS formatted drives. So the only workaround is to format the disc to HFS+ or APFS.

The easiest way to format the disc is by using macOS built-in Disk Utility app, but problems are very possible. For many people a hard drive becomes unusable after using the Disk Utility app. You can read more about the issue in this article. Therefore, to avoid problems, I prefer a very old and proven method. We will use the Terminal app and two tools diskutil and dd. Both tools are built-in in macOS, so we do not need to download or install anything. Let’s get started.

Next, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from Volume Format. Watch this video to know how to format any Hard Disk drive for Mac, Windows or any other OS. Thus, Mac OS Extended is the most suitable file system to be used for formatting backup drives. So, if you have a drive that is to be used with Macs running on earlier versions of Mac OS than macOS High Sierra, then you should only format it using Mac OS Extended. Moreover, all mechanical drives should be formatted using Mac OS Extended too. Mac OS Extended journaled volume errors and malfunctions – Any errors within the HFS+ hard drive can result in all its data to turn inaccessible. Infection due to virus causing data erasure – Any volume if severely contaminated with viruses and other malwares can easily cause damage to any files or worst even cause data erasure on that volume. Learning how to use an external hard drive can come in handy for the ones looking to expand their digital storage through physical devices.

Critical! The instructions in the article below are designed to help repartition and format a hard drive. This process is data destructive and cannot be undone. Once the process begins, all the data on the drive will be lost!

Be careful working with disks in the terminal. Incorrect actions can lead to data loss and even computer failure.

Launch the Terminal app from the Utilities folder of your Applications folder, or use Spotlight to find it.

Firstly we need to identify the mount name of our disk (hard drive):

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There are two types of devices (methods to communicate with devices):

  • raw devices /dev/rdisk*, communication is direct with the disk.
  • buffered devices /dev/disk*, data transit via buffer.

When using dd or other duplication programs, always use raw device.

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The below commands assume this is disk2, but replace disk2 with the correct disk if it’s something different.

Before any operations on the disk we must unmount it:

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Warning! Do not forget to replace the disk2 before pressing the key Enter.

Now we will write zeros to the disk (this will erase the entire disk):

Warning! Do not forget to replace the rdisk2 before pressing the key Enter.

This command will prompt us to enter our computer password. Enter your password and then watch the magic happen…

Note! It’s normal that the password you enter is not displayed. This is how the password is entered on the command line. Just enter your password, and then press the Enter key.

Let’s now partition the disk. This will be the GUID Partition Table (GPT) and the Journaled HFS+ format of file systeme:

Note! Replace “Transcend” with the name that you want to give to your hard drive.

Note! To get Master Boot Record (MBR) instead of GUID Partition Table (GPT), simply replace the “GPT” mention to “MBR”. That should work.

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Warning! Do not forget to replace the disk2 before pressing the key Enter.


That’s it, you’re done. Our brand new hard drive is ready for use with macOS. So simple isn’t it?

We can leave our hard drive in the HFS+ format or convert it from HFS+ to the Apple’s brand new APFS (Apple File System) format using the Disk Utility app. You can read more in this article.

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Thanks for reading!

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Due to the specifics of Windows 8 or Windows 10 Fast Startup feature, we highly recommend that you disable it before installing the driver to avoid possible file system corruption. For more details, please refer to the Microsoft Knowledge Base ››

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Can I try the product for free before buying?
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What versions of the HFS file system are supported?
HFS+ for Windows by Paragon Software supports HFS+ (Mac OS Extended), JHFS+ (Journaled Mac OS Extended), HFSX (Case-sensitive Mac OS Extended), and JHFSX (Case-sensitive, Journaled Mac OS Extended).
Is APFS supported?
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Is BootCamp supported?
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Is Core Storage supported?
Apple Core Storage is a logical volume format introduced by Apple that serves the basis for FileVault (Full Disk Encryption) and Fusion Drive technologies. Our product supports Core Storage on single disk only, and doesn’t support Fusion Drive or FileVault configurations.
How many times can I re-activate my license?
You can re-activate it 4 times. If you need to re-activate your license more than 4 times, please contact our Support or file a support ticket and we will help you to release the counter of licenses.
It doesn’t work! My HFS+ drive is not recognized in Windows, even after installing HFS+ for Windows by Paragon Software
There are several issues that may lead to this problem. For instance, if you are running HFS+ for Windows by Paragon Software in a BootCamp configuration, you won’t be able to see the Mac OS X system drive due to Core Storage restrictions. You can disable Core Storage to solve this problem. Check the HFS+ for Windows section of our knowledge base for more information here >
The product doesn’t run on Windows Server 2012 R2.
Please make sure that Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 RC is installed on your computer. After that open Control Panel -> Uninstall Program -> Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable -> Change -> Repair.
Can I open my Time Machine backup using HFS+ for Windows?
No, Time Machine volumes are not supported. They can be opened only using the corresponding application on macOS.
I frequently work with NTFS, HFS+, APFS-formatted partitions on my Mac and Windows PC. Can I get a discount, if I buy all drivers at once?
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