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Which hard drive Format will work for Mac & Windows


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I have an external 750gb hdd that was formated by windows 7 to NTSF.I can edit, copy, paste & rename any file on the external hdd with windows. I can access the hard drive on my macbook but it won't allow me to copy, paste, delete or rename any file what so ever. Most of the files I try to edit are under 2gb. Is there a format that will allow me to copy, paste, delete or rename on both windows & osx?
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I have a 750gb hdd that is FAT32. I can access the hard drive on my macbook but it won't allow me to copy, paste, delete or rename any file what so ever. Is there a format that will allow me to copy, paste, delete or rename on both windows & osx?
This is strange as I have a 250Gb HD that I bought in early 2006 specifically for my switch from PC to Mac. I have never had any problem reading or writing from 3 different Macs, 2 Windows PCs and a Linux laptop. It is formatted FAT32 BTW.

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Are the files you are working with larger than 4 GB? If not FAT 32 should work.

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I have an external 750gb hdd that was formated by windows 7 to FAT32.I can edit, copy, paste & rename any file on the external hdd with windows. I can access the hard drive on my macbook but it won't allow me to copy, paste, delete or rename any file what so ever. Most of the files I try to edit are under 2gb. Is there a format that will allow me to copy, paste, delete or rename on both windows & osx?
Something is not right... Windows 7 will not format any drive that is larger than 32 GB to any other format other than NTFS. Are you sure that drive has been formatted to FAT-32? It sure sounds like it's formatted to NTFS.

Access the drive from Windows 7 and type this from a command prompt:

chkdsk d:

Now read what the format is.
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The external 750GB is formated to NTFS. I also have another external 320GB hdd that I formated on my macbook the won't show in windows.
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The external 750GB is formated to NTFS. I also have another external 320GB hdd that I formated on my macbook the won't show in windows.
So, back to your original question . . . ..

FAT32 - Both Windows and Mac can read and write to the drive, but 4 Gb file size limit

NTFS - Windows new standard format. Mac can read, but as you have already seen, not write. Paragon, among others, makes a 3rd party software package that will let your Mac write to NTFS

HFS - Mac standard format. Windows can't deal with it, though I believe there are software packages to give your PC that capability

EDIT: You can reformat your 320GB using Disk Utility to FAT32 as one way of sharing drives with your Windows PC.

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There's also exFAT, which Lion supports (I'd have to go boot my snow leopard box to look, although I BELIEVE it to be supported).

The difference? No 4GB filesize limit.

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I have download OSXFUSE which is working excellent on Lion 10.7.2
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OK, so... I bought an external HDD (Toshiba 1TB 5400) that I want to use as a mobile movie library. I've been reading up on the different options for formatting the drive considering my system use.

At home, my primary system is my 2008 MB. I also have a 2010 Windows-based DT (all-in-one) but I hardly use it. My current near future plans are to hopefully get a 27" iMac as well. I am currently using my MB to back-up my DVDs.

The primary use for the HD would be for when I go over to my g/f's house or perhaps to other family's homes for movie nights. In these cases, the systems available at their places will most likely be Windows. So, I would like for the movies to be accessible by their systems (unless of course I take my MB with me).

What would be the best option?

Option 1:
Since my primary system is Mac, format HFS via my MB, and install "MacDrive" ($49.99) on my DT as well as g/f's and family's systems?

Option 2:
Format NTFS via Windows system, then install Paragon ($19.95) on my MB and future iMac.

Option 3:
Format exFat32. This would be ideal since both Mac and Windows can read and write. Problem is, must be at minimum OS 10.6.5 (Lion). I am still running Leopard.

Opinions please??

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Vipor,

When you take your hard drive for movie nights you only need to be able to read the contents of the drive, not write to it.

I think you can pretty safely format it as HFS, since files will still be accessible to computers running windows.
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