Windows Device Driver For Mac Formatted Hard Drive

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While most external hard drives are already designed to work for Windows computers, there are times when you need to reformat one. You might want a drive that works with Macs and PCs, or maybe you want to partition it, which will split it up into two different formats. Here’s how to format an external hard drive for Windows 10 or partition it.

Original Title: External Hard-Drive Reformatting. I have an external hard-drive (LaCie, Rugged FW/USB) that is formatted for Mac. I have windows 8, it will not detect it, how do i reformat it? To use HFSExplorer, connect your Mac-formatted drive to your Windows PC and launch HFSExplorer. Click the “File” menu and select “Load File System From Device.”. It will automatically locate the connected drive, and you can load it. You’ll see the contents of the HFS+ drive in the graphical window. Conversely, however, drives formatted with the Windows FAT32 file system are recognized by most devices, including Mac OS. This is why, in most cases, USB drives and external hard drives are formatted with the Windows FAT32 file system due to their maximum compatibility.

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Here is the solution to format your hard drive, which is refusing to be formatted: Open the Start menu and enter diskmgmt.msc in the search bar to access Disk Management. Click on Run as administrator. Locate the faulty disk, and Right-click on it to open the drop-down menu. Click on Format from the menu. Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.Maximum file size: 4GB. Maximum volume size: 2TB; You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.

How to Format a Hard Drive for Windows 10

Note: Formatting your drive will erase all the existing files on it. So if your external hard drive already has important files on it, make sure to back them up before proceeding.

  1. Connect your external hard drive to a Windows computer. If your external hard drive is working, your computer will automatically detect it, and the drive will appear under Devices and Drives next to your internal drives in the This PC window. You can also find it in the left sidebar of File Explorer.

    Note: If you already used your external hard drive on a PC, be sure to back up any files on it. Formatting your drive will wipe out all the data in it.

  2. Right-click on the external hard drive and click Format.
  3. Choose a format under File System. By default, Windows computers will choose NTFS (New Technology File System) for you because that’s the native Microsoft filing system. But if you want the external hard drive to also work on a Mac, you should choose exFAT.

    Note: The exFAT file system only works on Mac 10.6.5 or later, and Windows XP SP3 or later.

  4. Check the Quick Format box, and click Start. Depending on the size of the drive, and if there are files to be deleted in it, this can take a few to several minutes to finish.
  5. Click OK when the Format Complete pop-up screen appears.

Now you have a hard drive formatted for Windows, but what if you wanted to use it with Mac computers also? One easy way to have a hard drive that works with Mac and Windows is by partitioning it. This means you’re splitting the drive into two formats, one for Mac and one for PC. Here’s how to do that:

How to Partition an External Drive in Windows 10

  1. Open the Windows search box, type “diskmgmt.msc,” and hit enter. The Windows Search Box is the magnifying button icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Right-click on your external hard drive and select Shrink Volume. If this option is not available to you, reformat the drive to NTFS and try again.
  3. Enter an amount of space that you want to shrink your volume by. The remaining space will be displayed in megabytes.
  4. Then click Shrink. This will split the hard drive, with one part becoming unallocated space.
  5. Right-click the unallocated space on your drive and select New Simple Volume.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Then indicate how big you want the partition to be. If you want to use the rest of the space, enter the maximum disk space indicated above it. Then click Next.
  8. Next, choose what drive letter you want to use. Letters that have already been assigned to other drives will not be on this list, so don’t worry if there are missing letters. Just choose among the drive letters still available.
  9. Go to File System and choose a format. Windows will choose NTFS for you because that’s Microsoft’s native filing system. But if you want the external hard drive to also work on a Mac, you should choose exFAT, which is an upgraded version of FAT32.

    Note: The exFAT file system only works on Mac 10.6.5 or later, and Windows XP SP3 or later.

  10. Check the Quick Format box, and click Next.
  11. Finally, click Finish. If a pop-up appears telling you to format the disk, click Format Disk. After that, the newly formatted disk will open automatically.

Partitioning your external hard drive will enable you to perform tasks in one section without affecting the rest of the drive. If you want to know how to format a hard drive for Mac, check out our previous article here.

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