Mac to PC Hard Drive Switch
May 21, 2011 7:03 AM   Subscribe

Can I switch an external hard drive from a Mac to a PC?

I have a 250 GB external hard drive for my Mac with Carbon Copy Cloner software on it. I need a bigger hard drive for my Mac. The existing hard drive size is fine for my PC laptop. I know that the drive would need different software on it to back up the PC. Can I make this switch, moving the existing external drive from PC to Mac? Do I simply reformat the existing drive and then download software from the web compatible with the PC? Are there any freeware recommendations? Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by philmas to Technology (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Yeah, just plug it in to your laptop - nothing to it. Yes, you will likely have to reformat.

Clinozinna is probably a good alternative.
posted by juliewhite at 7:11 AM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: D'oh! Clonezilla, sorry! Clinozinna is a venereal disease, my mistake...
posted by juliewhite at 7:12 AM on May 21, 2011 [3 favorites]

MacDrive 8 has a 7-day free trial, which I found was more than enough time to get everything I wanted off my Mac drive and onto my PC before reformatting the drive.
posted by ArsncHeart at 7:52 AM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks very much for your help.
posted by philmas at 12:17 PM on May 21, 2011

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