How to Convert a Flash Drive From Mac to PC

by Jedadiah Casey

Flash drives usually come pre-formatted with a vendor-neutral filesystem such as FAT32. Apple Macintosh computers use Hierarchical File System Plus (HFS+) as their native filesystem. Microsoft Windows uses New Technology File System as its native filesystem. Windows can not read from an HFS+ formatted flash drive without third-party software installed. You can reformat an HFS+ formatted flash drive into either FAT32 or NTFS to make it usable on a PC with Microsoft Windows. This process erases all existing data on the flash drive.


Insert the flash drive into a USB port on the computer.


Click the "Start" button, right-click "Computer" and click "Manage."


Click "Disk Management."


Right-click the flash drive and click "Delete Volume." Click "OK."


Right-click the flash drive and click "New Simple Volume." Click "OK" to format the flash drive. The flash drive is now usable on the PC.

About the Author

Jedadiah Casey started writing professionally in 2007, with articles published in "The Flagler Times" newspaper. He has more than 20 years of experience with computers and networking. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Central Florida, as well as professional industry certifications.