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In disk utility is there a way of overwriting an external hard drive so I can use it on both mac and pc? I am trying to get all my friends data from his pc to my mac. Is there any way?
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I just read I can use FAT format will this be readable on a pc?
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Common file system for both the Mac and a PC is FAT-32, so yes, you can use that to move data between the PC and Mac. Just make sure that no single file is 4 GB or larger as FAT-32 can not accommodate file sizes larger than that.
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If you are just trying to get data from the PC to the Mac you can use NYFS formatting. The Mac can read NTFS (Windows) but not write to it without third party software or some Terminal geekery. With NTFS you won't need to worry about the 4 GB file size limit.

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