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Reformating MAC HDD to IBM?

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Oct 17, 2001
North Texas
i wanted to know if anyone has ever taken a Mac HDD and formated it to IBM format

the reason is that in my University, we cleaned out a room full of stuff they did not want.

I got 2 9 gig SCSI(seagate) HDD

and 2 1.7 GIG IDE Western Digital

But like i said, they were in Macs

now, i've reformated Floppy disk before that were for Mac and it works fine

just didn't know if Partiion majic would recognize the HDD?

i think it will but have never done it

oh ya BTW, i got a adaptec SCSI controller(retails at $200+)

did i get really lucky or what?

all free


Dec 13, 2001
heh heh, good score!....Yes, you can format the drives for the pc...just run FDISK or any other partition software. Just because they were in a mac, doesn't mean they won't work in a pc...a drive is a drive...all that matters is what format system it uses...again...good score, it's great getting stuff for nothing.....:D


Forums Super Moderator
Feb 20, 2001
Repartition and reformat. Macs use the HFS file system so windows will not read it. It can be changed tho. 2 free 9Gig SCSI drives! That would make a mean RAID 0 array.