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- Question: Q: WD 1TB External Hard Drive. One of the ways to enable read and write access for both Mac's and PC's, is to format the hard drive to a FAT32 (named 'MS-DOS file system' in the Disk Utility) file system. Remember that you will loose all of your existing data if you decide to still do it now.
- Step-by-step tutorial teaches you how to free format external hard drive for Mac and PC is created here. Try it to format your Western Digital hard drive, Seagate hard drive, Toshiba hard drive, etc to FAT32 in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista with simple steps.
Hi RisingOne and welcome to the community. Basically the number of partitions and their storage capacity is totally up to your personal preference and needs.
As for using a the HDD with both Mac OS X and Windows you have 2 options - FAT32 and exFAT. Both file systems are natively supported with read/write functions on both operating systems. As FAT32 is a bit obsolete and has a lot of restrictions, I'd suggest that you go with the exFAT file system. Here's a link with instructions on how to format an HDD with FAT32 or exFAT:.
Mac Passport External Hard Drive
Format Wd External Hard Drive For Mac
Hope that helps.