Owning an external disk is definitely a great perk, especially if you're someone who owns a wide range of information. In my case, I can't stick to watching movies online so I need to have them stored somewhere, hence I bought an external disk by WB Elements.
The only problem with external disks, however, is that some of them can't be used with both Mac and Windows unless you format them in the right way for doing so. Owning a MacBook Pro and a desktop PC, this wasn't good news for me.
Fortunately I found out how this specific formatting is done and I'll tell you how to do it!
- Step 1: Plug your external disk into your Mac.
- Step 2: Go to Finder and open Applications.
- Step 3: Scroll down and open the Utilities folder. Look for Disk Utility and open it.
- Step 4: On the sidebar, click on your disk's name. Then click on the Erase tab.
- Step 5: Next to Format, choose MS-DOS (FAT) from the dropdown menu.
You can name your disk if you want, but it's not mandatory.
- Step 6: Now click on Erase... and confirm.
- Step 1: Plus your disk into your PC.
- Step 2: Right-click on the Start menu and choose Disk Management.
Got an older Windows version? You can access Disk Management through Control Panel. Just go to System > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
- Step 3: On Disk Management, right-click on your disk's name and choose Format....
- Step 4: A small windows will pop up. Under File System, choose exFAT and click on OK.
And that's it! Your disk should now be formatted and ready to be used, both on Mac and Windows.
There are many ways of doing this but I found this one to be the easiest and fastest way to get it done.