Partitioning External Hard Drive

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How to use external hard drive on both Mac and Windows in Parallels Desktop?


Want to use external hard drive for time machine backup and media storage(iTunes).


Mac OS X can natively read/write HFS+, FAT32 and exFAT. For simple file transfers, just use a USB flash drive, formatted as FAT32. If you install Paragon, Mac OS X can read/write to NTFS, as well.

Windows cannot natively read/write to HFS+. You can install MacDrive to enable that.

Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

Choose the appropriate format:

HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

NTFS (Windows NT File System)

exFAT (FAT64)

FAT32 (File Allocation Table)

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