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Title: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: Fontaholic on May 17, 2013, 11:17:20 AM
Hey everyone,

Management wants me to use a Seagate Expansion Eternal Drive (2 TB, USB 2.0) to back-up everything I have on my Macintosh workstation.

Only thing is, every bit of documentation on this Seagate External Drive indicates that it's Windows compatible only.

Can I still plug this thing into my Mac's USB and start copying away?  Or is this a bad idea??

Need advice ASAP!

Thanks, John the Fontaholic
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: David on May 17, 2013, 11:34:07 AM
from my experience, most will work on a Mac, but there are some that don't, depends on the Mac and the OS.
What Mac and OS are you running?
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: David on May 17, 2013, 11:36:50 AM
found this:

http://technologycrave.com/external-hard-drives/seagate-expansion-external-hard-drive-review/ (http://technologycrave.com/external-hard-drives/seagate-expansion-external-hard-drive-review/)

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You merely plug in the power cord and USB 3.0 lead and off you go, this is thanks to the fact that the hard drive comes pre-setup to use for Windows users. If you want to use the Seagate Expansion on a mac, you only need to reformat it using the Disk Utility in your Mac operating system and voila. If you don’t know how to do this, take a look at the following Seagate page and follow their easy to follow steps: http://consumer.media.seagate.com/2010/01/the-digital-den/how-to-format-a-windows-disk-drive-for-a-mac/ (http://consumer.media.seagate.com/2010/01/the-digital-den/how-to-format-a-windows-disk-drive-for-a-mac/)
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: Fontaholic on May 17, 2013, 12:10:57 PM

found this:

http://technologycrave.com/external-hard-drives/seagate-expansion-external-hard-drive-review/ (http://technologycrave.com/external-hard-drives/seagate-expansion-external-hard-drive-review/)

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You merely plug in the power cord and USB 3.0 lead and off you go, this is thanks to the fact that the hard drive comes pre-setup to use for Windows users. If you want to use the Seagate Expansion on a mac, you only need to reformat it using the Disk Utility in your Mac operating system and voila. If you don’t know how to do this, take a look at the following Seagate page and follow their easy to follow steps: http://consumer.media.seagate.com/2010/01/the-digital-den/how-to-format-a-windows-disk-drive-for-a-mac/ (http://consumer.media.seagate.com/2010/01/the-digital-den/how-to-format-a-windows-disk-drive-for-a-mac/)



:goodpost:

Many thanks for this -- I'm following the instructions right now!   :banana:

[Fingers crossed for a trouble-free reformatting -- yeah, right...!!]

Cheers, John the Fontaholic
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: t-pat on May 17, 2013, 12:19:18 PM
formatting will go fine. If you format it Fat32 keep in mind there is 2GB file size limit IIRC
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: Fontaholic on May 17, 2013, 12:25:17 PM

formatting will go fine. If you format it Fat32 keep in mind there is 2GB file size limit IIRC


Does that mean that only files smaller than 2GB can be copied/transferred??

Cheers, John the Fontaholic
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: Joe on May 17, 2013, 12:28:01 PM


formatting will go fine. If you format it Fat32 keep in mind there is 2GB file size limit IIRC


Does that mean that only files smaller than 2GB can be copied/transferred??

Cheers, John the Fontaholic


Yep.
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: Joe on May 17, 2013, 12:28:47 PM
If you want it to be a Mac to Mac backup and don't need to use the drive on Windows just format it as a Mac volume.
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: frailer on May 18, 2013, 06:59:50 AM
If you want to go a step or 2 beyond Time Machine, can't recommend ChronoSync (http://www.econtechnologies.com/) highly enough. Cheap as chips, (Agents to cover extra Macs are $10 ea.), slick/easy GUI, and amazing support for the money.
Haven't needed to touch it admin-wise for months. I check randomly to see that volumes are backed up... there they are.

BTW Joe, lurv the Spy vs. Spy animated GIF.   :cool:
Title: Re: Can a "Windows compatible" Seagate Expansion External Drive be used with a Mac??
Post by: Farabomb on May 20, 2013, 04:42:31 PM
Iirc the limit is 4g on FAT32 but that may be NTFS that I am thinking of.

I have had a hellish time with my seagate goflex and the Mac. They hate each other and refuse to play nice no matter how I format it. I gave up and plugged it into the win server and backup over the network.