Mounting an external hard drive isn’t as simple as plugging it in …

When we buy an external hard drive you typically can plug it in and all will be ok; however, there are other factors to take into consideration, such as the proper file format standard. Follow the source link below to c|net to learn more about the “formatting facts” for Windows and Mac.

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So you’re setting up an external hard drive. Formatting facts for Windows and Mac

Formatting an external drive forces you to make some important decisions that will affect how and where you can use the drive, including whether it’ll work on a PC, Mac or both. Manufacturers often advertise that their external drives are compatible with both operating systems out of the box, and for the most part, that’s accurate. However, it’s more nuanced than that. 

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