Convert an External Hard Drive from Apple to PC

If you try to use an external hard drive that's been formatted for Mac OS, you'll find that it will not work on your PC. To convert an external hard drive from Apple to PC you'll have to format the drive so that it can be read by PC.

Step 1

Transfer any files or folders that you wish to keep from the external hard drive to another computer. If you wish to use a PC you will need “mac drive” to complete the operation -

Step 2

Connect the external hard drive to the PC

Step 3

Click the "Start" icon in the lower left hand corner of the PC desktop. Select “Control Panel” from the pop-up menu. Open “Administrative Tools” at the top of the Control Panel menu.

Step 4

Select “Computer Management” from the Administrative Tools menu. Highlight “Disk Management” on the left hand side of the Administrative Tools menu to bring up the disk management interface.

Step 5

Locate the external hard drive in the disk management interface. The drives are identified in the first column of the management screen.

Step 6

Right click on the external hard drive. Select "Format" from the context menu. When prompted by the system, click “OK” to proceed and then “OK” again to confirm your choice.

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