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  1. #1

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    Apr 26, 2010
    Best Way to Format Extern HD
    I have an external hard drive that I want to use on both my macbook pro, and my PC. I need to be able to store some pretty large files on the drive, so I can't have restrictions on file size.

    What is the best format to use?

    I have macfuse and NTFS 3G installed.

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Jan 18, 2010
    2.8 GHz 15" MacBook Pro OS X 10.7.x & some old Macs
    If you have enabled your Mac to read and write to NTFS then I believe your best solution is to format the external HD on your Windows computer to NTFS. It's a lot easier for your Mac to read/write NTFS than it is the other way around.

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    Nov 16, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    I think Endless is right.There is a procedure out there to format an external drive so that it has both NTFS and HFS+ partitions on the same drive but I think the NTFS only drive is a much cleaner option.
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    Apr 26, 2010
    I've actually decided to start using ExFat. The newest update to OS X, 10.6.5 just added support for ExFat on 11/10/2010, and Windows Vista/7 have native support for it.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Good choice. The Extended File Allocation Table format supports very large files and since SL 10.6.5 can read and write to it, you should be OK.

    Take note though, that neither Vista nor Win 7 can be run on a drive formatted to the ExFAT file system although they can read/write to it.

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