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Trying to Transfer Data with External Hard Drive

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I am trying to transfer data off of my MAC computer onto my external hard drive that I just bought, then I need to take that data and put it from my external hard drive onto a PC. What would be the best way to format my new external hard drive? I tried plugging it into my PC and formatting it FAT32 but my MAC doesn't recognize it. The External Hard Drive is a Terabyte. Thanks in advance.
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Umm, XP tries to default to NTFS for formatting external harddrives, infact if the drive is OVER 32GB then WinXP will NOT format it in Fat32 through the normal methods.

There is a way around it. Open the Command Prompt (Start --> Run --> type CMD and hit enter).
In the new window that opens type Format /FS:FAT32 X: (Where X is the drive letter of the external Hard drive). It will then give you a warning. At this point double check and make sure you got the right drive, you don't want to format the wrong drive. Then hit y.

As for the command, it is format SPACE /FS:FAT32 SPACE X: (so one space between format and the / and a space between 2 and X).
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