I have a Toshiba 1tb hdd. I bought an apple laptop few weeks ago and the hdd has been working properly. Today I wanted to move some files from my old windows pc to the mac. When I connected the hdd to windows, the disk management utility showed it as RAW filesystem. I connected it back to Mac and checked the Disk Utility application. It showed me that the drive is in NTFS filesystem. How do I get it to work in my windows?

Edit: Its my external hdd.

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In order to get it to work with Windows and Mac, you need to use FAT32 or exFAT for the drive format.

  • But why does it show NTFS in Mac but RAW in Windows? Apr 28, 2014 at 11:00
  • Which computer did you format it on? If you don't have any data on it, I would go ahead, plug it into the PC, format it as FAT32, then start using it.
    – traisjames
    Apr 28, 2014 at 16:16

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