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Formatting Drives for Apple or Mac

Apple vs Mac - chances are you either have supporters of both in your household, or work on one and home compute on the other. If you need to be flexible with what computer you work on this can sometimes cause issues if you use external drives to transport your work.

External drives, like hard drives or flash drives are typically formatted to either a Mac or PC when they are first used. This means that if your drive is formatted to one, it can't be read by the other because each uses its own file system that is not interchangeable.

If you need to work off either system, your options are to use an online back-up system or to have the drive specially formatted to use the exFAT system, which can be read by both PC and Mac computers. A caveat, that unless you have the same programs to read your files, the formatting may get a little wonky when you switch between systems.

We recommend that if you are reformatting a drive that already has files on it, that you back it up first, and then re-format on a Windows computer.

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