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When you buy an external hard drive say either Seagate or Western Digital do they come formatted already if using the MBA 11 inch? Thanks
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Originally Posted by marvfox View Post

When you buy an external hard drive do they come formatted already

Yes and no. Don't waste your money on the ones that can be bought formatted correctly. Buy absolutely anything you want and format it yourself once you plug it into your computer. It takes 20 seconds and is free, compared to the often $50-$100 extra charge on the ones that come formatted.

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Yes and no. Don't waste your money on the ones that can be bought formatted correctly. Buy absolutely anything you want and format it yourself once you plug it into your computer. It takes 20 seconds and is free, compared to the often $50-$100 extra charge on the ones that come formatted.

Unless you want FW800. The WD MyBook Studio is fantastic, and it comes Mac Formatted.
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Unless you want FW800. The WD MyBook Studio is fantastic, and it comes Mac Formatted.

MacBook Air, man.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

MacBook Air, man.

Wait... aren't there supposed to be Thunderbolt adapters?
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Wait... aren't there supposed to be Thunderbolt adapters?

Sure, but none exist for FireWire, USB, or Ethernet yet.

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

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Sure, but none exist for FireWire, USB, or Ethernet yet.

Well there is one. The Cinema Display.

But I digress. You're right. Marv should get a USB drive and reformat it.
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Not sure if your question was actually answered or not.

It is most likely formatted as Master Boot Record and Fat32. Your Mac will be able to read and write to it with no problems.

If you'd like to be able to boot from the drive (Say you wish to create a partition on it to install OSX as a bootable backup in the event your internal HDD fails,) then you'll want to re-format it as GUID and MacOS Extended.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

MacBook Air, man.

What does this crack mean?
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Originally Posted by marvfox View Post

What does this crack mean?

He mentioned that a FireWire hard drive would work well, but your laptop doesn't have any FireWire ports.

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He mentioned that a FireWire hard drive would work well, but your laptop doesn't have any FireWire ports.

You are correct sir.
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