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Maxtor One Touch for use between Mac/PC
Matthew OHaren, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | USA | Posted: 9:56 PM on 01.08.09
->> I recently purchased a Maxtor One Touch 4 external hard drive (250gb) to back up my while working in the field. I currently am trying to make this drive work with both my Macbook Pro and with my PC running Windows XP. The drive came formatted with NTFS and i plugged it into the PC via USB and it worked. Since then, I formatted it for the MAC and now it won't read on the PC. I reinstalled the original software onto the drive and tried it again, but no luck. Is it possible to format this drive using FAT32 so I can transfer photos between the MAC and the PC? Any feedback is very much appreciated.
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 10:09 PM on 01.08.09
->> Mac formatted drives are unreadable in the PC environment unless you use software like Mac Drive for PC. Reformat the drive as a PC drive. You can use it on your Mac no problem, you just won't be able to use it as a boot disk for your Mac.

On the Mac, open Disk Utility in the Applications>Utilities folder. Select the drive you want to reformat and click on the Erase tab on the upper right. Select MS-DOS (Fat) then click the Erase Button.

There are also options to repartition the drive under the Partition tab.

You should also be able to reformat the drive on your PC.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Princeton | IN | USA | Posted: 10:26 PM on 01.08.09
->> I have a Maxtor One Touch I have been using to back up files from both a PC and Mac with no issues. I plug in the USB cord to either machine and it mounts fine. There was no installation of software required for this particular backup drive, a 120G machine. `
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Matthew OHaren, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | USA | Posted: 10:45 PM on 01.08.09
->> Rich, I just did what you suggested; connected the drive to the mac, opened drive utilities and reformatted by selecting MS-DOS and clicked erase. The drive then became "untitled" and now when connected to the PC via USB, it shows up in My Computer. Thank you!

One last question though, when transferring images from the MAC to the PC, which I have my other external drives hooked up to, will the images be alright? There won't be any hidden files or corruption?
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 11:22 PM on 01.08.09
->> It should be fine going from one to the other.

By default, all external drives come formatted for PC which is why you had no issues Jeff. Unless the drive says Mac Formatted on the box, it will be PC formatted.

There may be some issues going between Mac and PC. Each OS adds invisible files to folders (like thumbnails) that become visible when using the opposite OS.
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 6:33 PM on 01.09.09
->> A much easier solution is to turn on file sharing on the PC and use the Mac to connect to it. If you have a reasonably fast switch between the two, and the Mac and PC are reasonably new, you should find it a nice way to go.

You can use the Mac's file sharing to let the PC connect to it too - the Mac knows what the PC needs either way.

The only downside of using the Mac as a server is the PC might get mad when you take the Mac off the network. Mac's handle dropped servers a bit better from my experience.
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Brian Leddy, Photographer
Gallup | NM | United States | Posted: 7:27 PM on 01.09.09
->> I had the same issue with needing a few drives to read on a Mac and a PC. I found this software that will reformat the drive as a FAT32 drive:

http://www.compuapps.com/download/Swissknife/swissknife.htm

Works great on three drives so far...
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Fraser Britton, Photographer
Ste Anne de Bellevue | QC | Canada | Posted: 1:20 AM on 01.11.09
->> remember if you set the drive as fat32, you will not be able to store any files over 4gb in size. NTFS you will, but it will not e write-able on the mac.

I suggest formatting as mac HFS + Journaled, and using Mac Drive on your PC.
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