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3.0 out of 5 stars Good after a little tinkering, 10 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Samsung M3 Slimline 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black (Personal Computers)
I bought this to connect to my home network and allow me to backup both a Mountain Lion Mac and a Windows 7 PC. Although this drive is advertised as working with both operating systems I was a little disappointed to find that the drive only comes with the Windows compatible software installed. Even worse, when I followed the official links to download the Mac software I found it relied on a piece of software made by google that was no longer available. As such this drive will not work straight out of the box with a Mac operating system.
In the end I reformatted the drive using Disk Utility on the Mac, wiping all of the Samsung software off the drive. This means I have lost some of their security options, which some people may want if they are using this as a portable hard drive and are worried about loosing the disk at some point. For me though I was happy that the security of my network hub would suffice and was easily able to plug the drive into the USB and have both Mac and Windows machines read and write to the drive.
The product is otherwise great. It is tiny, it doesn't seem to get too hot and doesn't whirr or click in any noticeable way. For the money I would definitely recommend it, and I particularly like that it draws its power through the USB cable so there is only one thing to plug in.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2012 16:44:43 GMT
Zara Baker says:
I'm looking for a hard drive that will be compatible with my mac so i found your review very useful. Will go ahead and buy this hard drive, now that I know I can just reformat the hard drive using the Disk Utility. Many thanks :0)

Posted on 27 Nov 2012 13:53:07 GMT
Richard says:
format the drive. you don't need any of the software it comes with, it's usually garbage anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2012 12:32:35 GMT
Cherry says:
I just recently bought this and refomatted so that it is compatible with the Mac. However it does not work on a PC. Does anyone know how to get the hard drive working on both Mac and PC? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2012 23:53:13 GMT
P. Thomas says:
Hi, You need to format the drive for a PC ie FAT32 or NTFS, the Mac Disk Utility only offers FAT32, which may have implications on more recent versions of Windows, but the drive will be readable by both PCs and Macs. The limitation for PCs using FAT32 is that the maximum file size is 4Gb. To enable a PC to boot from this drive the first partition will need to be set to a Master Boot Record from the mac Disk utility Partition map choices

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 01:05:45 GMT
Strider says:
I use this to back up a PC and Mac. I partitioned the drive, one partition formatted to NTFS and the other to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and it works perfectly.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 15:03:46 GMT
TechBajan says:
There are third party tools you can use to write to the NTFS file system on the Mac or the HFS+ file system in Windows. Granted, having the correct file system for the OS is always better but in cases where you do have existing volumes that need to be accessed from the "other" OS, you don't have to settle for reformatting or even partitioning. Paragon makes software for both: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/ & http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/. When I used to own a Mac, I also used a free utility to enable me to write to NTFS partitions.

One thing I'd like to know though is whether the drive comes out of the box formatted as FAT32 or NTFS? If the former, then, you do not actually need to format it for it to work with a Mac nor do you need any software whatsoever as a Mac would detect the drive automatically and will allow you to write to the volume out of the box if it's FAT32. You just won't be able to take advantage of the preloaded software, as mentioned by the reviewer.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 17:07:47 GMT
Strider says:
Out of the box it's formatted to NTFS.

Surely it's much easier to partition and reformat than to obtain 3rd party software, install it etc. etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 17:13:33 GMT
TechBajan says:
Okay, I wasn't sure how it was formatted out of the box as I haven't actually bought it yet. Regarding the third party software, I was more making a general point since many people aren't aware they don't have to settle for sticking to the native FS in either OS.

Posted on 6 Jan 2013 08:16:32 GMT
K. Wren says:
I have just bought one of these and have done the Disk Utility-Erase-MacOS path but cannot fathom out how to write to the drive or how to get it to auto backup my work. I have several video files I want to store on it and release space on my MacBook Pro to speed it up. Any advice would be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2013 09:27:40 GMT
Strider says:
Have you reformatted the drive? It is formatted to NTFS in the factory and Macs will not write to this. You'll need to reformat to FAT 32 or Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you are only using the drive for your Mac then the latter would be best.
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