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    Jan 17, 2010
    External Hard Drive
    Hi Guys,

    I was wondering if anyone could help me?

    I have recently brought a macbook for home use however still use a PC at uni and anywhere else I access a computer. I have just brought an external 320GB LaCie Hard Drive and have partitioned it but it only allocates 32GB for use between Mac & PC.

    Is this the case for all portable hard drives?

    It seems a bit silly that I have 320GB of space but can only use 32GB for PC and Mac.

    Is there a HD where the whole amount of space can be partitioned?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Jul 02, 2006
    Crawley, England
    20" Intel iMac 2.4 Ghz/3G Ram/320HD, Snow Leopard. PBook G4, 1.5Ghz/1.5 Ram/250 HD, Leopard 10.5.6.
    This is because you are partitioned as FAT32, which has this limit.
    I will allow someone else to opine about which format you need, because systems differ.
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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
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    If you partition the drive on your Mac, Disk Utility can partition and format the entire partition as FAT32 - just choose the MS-DOS (FAT) option. If you're using Windows to do the partitioning and format, at least XP and earlier, cannot. Haven't tried it with Vista or 7. The 32 GB is a Microsoft imposed limit, not a limit of FAT32.
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