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

How to Make/Format Hard Drive/USB on Mac 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 format/create a hard drive/USB Mac Compatible? which can be used on Mac as well as on windows to perform data transfer (Read and write). You can create Mac Compatible hard drive on Windows as well as on Mac. So let’s go ahead and do it on Mac.

Step 1: Plug in your Hard Drive to your Mac Pc/Laptop. if you are getting a time machine backup option like this in image below click on don’t use or decide Later.

Click on Don't use if Time machine Prompting
Click on Don’t use if Time machine Prompting

Step 2: Go to SpotLight on top right Corner or press Command key + Spacebar.

Click on Spotlight search on top right corner of your mac desktop
Click on Spotlight search on top right corner of your mac desktop

Step 3: Now Type Disk Utility in Spotlight Search and press Enter.

Type Disk Utility in Spotlight Search
Type Disk Utility in Spotlight Search

Step 4: Now you will able to see your External drive in Disk Utility app.

see all your Hard Drives on mac
see all your Hard Drives on mac

if you have this view you can switch to all items by clicking view menu from top left corner of your screen see the image below.

View menu to see all devices
View menu to see all devices

now you will see this screen . where you can see all partitions as well. now select you external hard drive.

Select your External hard drive on mac
Select your External hard drive on mac

Step 5: Now right click your External Hard Drive and Click on Erase.

Right Click and Erase hard Drive on Mac.

Step 6: Now your will see this screen which is prompting “Erasing (name of your external hard drive) will permanently erase all data stored on it. you can’t undo this action. so make sure you have backed up all your data on this drive. now here you can name this drive(this is how you change name of a External or Hard Drive), select format (file system) and scheme.

this is how you change name of a External or Hard Drive
this is how you change name of a External or Hard Drive

Step 7: Now Select “ExFat” from format as your looking to make this hard Drive mac as well as windows Compatible and from schemes select “GUID Partition Map”. and click on Erase.

Selecting ExFAt from Format Drop Down Menu.
Selecting ExFAt from Format Drop Down Menu.

Step 8: Now click on Don’t use Time Machine.

Time Machine option when you Erase your hard drive
Time Machine option when you Erase your hard drive

Now Click on Done.

Erasing of External Drive Done notification screen
Erasing of External Drive Done notification screen

Now you can see Your External Drive is mac Compatible and now File Format is ExFat. now you can perform Read, Write on External Drive which mean you can perform copy, paste, delete and modify etc.

External Drive with ExFat format
External Drive with ExFat format

So this is how by following this process you can make a External Drive compatible with mac and windows on Mac PC. so that you can use it on on Mac as well as on Microsoft Windows to perform Copy, paste,edit,modify,delete etc or you can say read and write.

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