How to Make/Format Hard Drive/USB on Windows to make it Mac and Windows Compatible ?

How to Make/Format Hard Drive/USB on Windows to make it Mac and Windows Compatible ?

If you are unable to copy, paste, delete, transfer or modify data from your hard drive on your Mac, there is a solution for it. In this document we are going to learn how do we create a hard drive/USB. which can be used on Mac as well as on windows to perform data transfer (Read and write). You can crate Mac Compatible hard drive on Windows as well as on Mac. So let’s go ahead and do it on windows. before we go ahead make sure you have backup your all data from your hard drive because here we ll perform drive Formatting.

Step 1: Plug in your Hard Drive/USB/External Drive to your windows Pc.

Plug in your Hard Drive or Usb  to your Windows pc
Plug in your Hard Drive or Usb to your Windows pc

Step 2: click on Start or press windows key and type disk management. Now click on create and format hard disk partitions.

click start and type disk management and click on create and format hard disk partitions
click start and type disk management and click on create and format hard disk partitions

Step 3. Disk Management window will Appear. Now Click on “New Volume I” or “Disk 1 Removable (F)”. This is your External Drive with NTFS File system.

Right click on External Drive and click on Delete partition screen. this is how you can Delete a Partition on Microsoft windows.
Disk Management application window

Step 4: Now Right Click on “New Volume (I)” Click on “Delete Volume”. you can do that with option “Format”. which we ll discuss later in this document. you can scroll down to learn with “Format” option.

Right click on External Drive and click on Delete partition screen. this is how you can Delete a Partition on Microsoft windows.
Right click on External Drive and click on Delete partition screen. this is how you can Delete a Partition on Microsoft windows.

Step 5: Now you can see “Unallocated Space” on External Drive. Now Right click on “Unallocated Space” and click on New Simple Volume.

Creating New Simple Volume on unallocated Space
Creating New Simple Volume on unallocated Space

Step 6: Now “New Simple Volume Wizard” window will appear. to continue here click on Next.

New Simple Volume Wizard Window.
New Simple Volume Wizard Window.

Step 8: Now here you have to Decide what size of Drives you are looking for. so here i am not going to change, as i want don’t want to create any partition. Now click on Next.

Specify Volume Size Screen.
Specify Volume Size Screen.

Step 9. Now Assign this Drive a Letter from Drop Down on this Window. I have Assigned J. and Click on Next.

Assign the Following Drive Letter Screen.
Assign the Following Drive Letter Screen.

Step 10: Now On this Window you have to Format this Drive with Mac Compatible File System. So from File System Drop Down menu choose “exFAT”. Because exFat is Compatible with macintosh and Windows. Now Click on Next.

Choose exFAT From File System Drop Down Menu
Choose exFAT From File System Drop Down Menu

Step 11: Now in this window you can name it so i am leaving as New Volume. Now Format it with file System exFAT and Click ok.

Format Screen.
Format Screen.

Step 12: Now a window saying “Formatting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to keep before formatting . Do you want to continue?” here just Click ok.

Formatting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to keep before formatting . Do you want to continue? screen.
Formatting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to keep before formatting . Do you want to continue? screen.

After formatting you will see this screen. here you can see now our Drive’s File System is exFAT. and exFat is Macintosh and Windows compatible file System where you can perform all data transfer tasks like Copy, paste, edit, delete and modify etc.

exFat Mac and Windows Compatible Drive
exFat Mac and Windows Compatible Drive
Making hard Drive Mac and Windows compatible by “Format” option.

Step 1: Right click on your External Drive and Click on “Format”

Right Click Format to Format External Hard Drive
Right Click Format to Format External Hard Drive.

Step 2: Format Screen will appear now select “exFAT” and click OK.

Format screen here select exFAT as file system and click ok
Format screen here select exFAT as file system and click ok

here you can see you Hard Drive has been formatted and good to use on mac and windows.

exfAT Volume
exfAT Volume

So, this is how you create a Mac as well as Windows compatible hard drive. in case if you just want to learn, how to format a hard drive ? here you have to simply follow 2 steps from second option(Making hard Drive Mac and Windows compatible by “Format” option.) where we performed format. there is only one change you need to do in second step if you specifically want to make it for Microsoft Windows. you have to select NTFS instead of exFAT and follow the rest of the process.

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