Gaming Best way to format external hard drive?

haddad

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I got a 1TB External Portable hard drive by Western Digial, whenever I put in my hard drie into my computer sometimes it takes 5min or more to read it, then it recommended me that I format it. Hard drive still works, but I need to format it and is formatting it via Windows 7 a good way? Or is there a better way

P.S I need it to stay compatible with Mac as well.
 

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I do not think Mac's will read it if it is NTFS, you will need to format it to Fat32 to keep compatibility with both. I do not think Windows 7 will format large Fat32 partitions (including 1TB) do it with minitool partition wizard
 

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The last time I did it, it took about 3-4 hours to finally tell me that partition is too big.
 
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