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ferrin
Feb 16, 2011, 11:21 AM
I have this:
http://www.simpletech.com/content/signature-mini-espresso-120-gb

A 120GB external hard drive and the formatting options are NTFS & exFAT. Currently it's NTFS.

I also have this:
http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Memorex-512MB-Mini-TravelDrive-U3-USB-2.0-Flash-Drive/2996146/product.html

A 512MB flash drive with the formatting options FAT32, FAT, & exFat. Currently it's FAT.

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Okay, so here's my question, I am a new Mac user. My MacBook is on it's way to me as I type. I want to use both my flash drive and my hard drive with both my PC and my MAC. I've done a ton of reading in this topic but I need a straight answer. hah.

I have used my Flash drive on a Mac yesterday at school and it worked fine. I opened files, created and saved files to it and then opened them up on my PC. So does this mean I can leave it formatted FAT?

I haven't tried my hard drive just yet, but I've read every where that the current format it's in can't do what I want it to do.

I need to save to, open, edit, etc between both my PC and my Mac.

:apple: halp!



GGJstudios
Feb 16, 2011, 11:23 AM
Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting in HFS (Mac OS Extended) or FAT32 or NTFS can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility.

FAT32 (File Allocation Table)

Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
Maximum file size: 4GB.
Maximum volume size: 2TB

NTFS (Windows NT File System)

Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/2010/10/ntfs-3g-for-mac-os-x-2010102.html) (free)
Some have reported problems using Tuxera (http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/) (approx 33USD).
Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
Maximum file size: 16 TB
Maximum volume size: 256TB

HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)

Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
Required for Time Machine (http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/time-machine.html) or Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/) backups of Mac internal hard drive.
To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive (http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/)
To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer (http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/hfsx.html)
Maximum file size: 8EiB
Maximum volume size: 8EiB

exFAT (FAT64)

Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exfat#Disadvantages).
exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT)
AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
Maximum file size: 16 EiB
Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB

alust2013
Feb 16, 2011, 11:29 AM
Leave the flash drive as FAT32, and I'd format the HDD to FAT32 as well, provided you don't need files bigger than 4GB

ferrin
Feb 16, 2011, 11:31 AM
Leave the flash drive as FAT32, and I'd format the HDD to FAT32 as well, provided you don't need files bigger than 4GB

what's the difference between "FAT" and "FAT32" ?

alust2013
Feb 16, 2011, 11:34 AM
what's the difference between "FAT" and "FAT32" ?

I think it's the same thing, just referenced differently.

GGJstudios
Feb 16, 2011, 11:44 AM
what's the difference between "FAT" and "FAT32" ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table

ferrin
Feb 16, 2011, 03:51 PM
Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting in HFS (Mac OS Extended) or FAT32 or NTFS can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility.


NTFS (Windows NT File System)

Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/2010/10/ntfs-3g-for-mac-os-x-2010102.html) (free)
Some have reported problems using Tuxera (http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/) (approx 33USD).
Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
Maximum file size: 16 TB
Maximum volume size: 256TB



so the third bullet seems to be the way to go then, i guess? i just wait til i have my mac, plug in my hard drive then install it?

GGJstudios
Feb 16, 2011, 04:04 PM
so the third bullet seems to be the way to go then, i guess? i just wait til i have my mac, plug in my hard drive then install it?

Yep.

ferrin
Feb 16, 2011, 04:06 PM
Yep.

thanks, i'm obviously an idiot when trying to figure this out :( siigh