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ki99 09-06-2007 11:32 PM

formatting a flash drive
 
i need to format my flash drive so it will be recognized on both os x and windows. it seems to work fine when i format it as fat 32 on windows. however i can't find a way to do it with os x. i cannot find how to format it as fat 32 in the disc utility. i need to use them for school (windows) but i don't have the permissions to format them at school, and my home is os x only. any help?

goobimama 09-07-2007 04:31 AM

In disk utility, Fat32 is listed as MS DOS file format. Just click on the drive and click on format with MS DOS file system...

ki99 09-07-2007 08:54 AM

that was my first assumption was that it would be MS DOS. but when i formatted it as such, it was not recognized by windows systems, and i had to reformat it on windows.

goobimama 09-07-2007 09:18 AM

Is there a problem accessing Windows formatted FAT32 drives on your mac?

ki99 09-07-2007 04:48 PM

not at all, i have them working off that. but i reformatt them often, and it would be ever so much better to be able to do it off of a mac.

goobimama 09-07-2007 04:58 PM

Anyway, I've always done the MS DOS thing and it works without fail on any Windows PC...

You are getting the "formatting complete" thing right?


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