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Old Nov 11, 2012, 05:28 AM   #1
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External HD format - NTFS/FAT32/HFS+J?

Just a quick clarification. You can only read NTFS on mac, but windows cannot read & write on HFS+J?

The reason is I just bought a 3TB WD My Book and it's formatted to HFS+J. My windows 8 laptop can't read it at all. Since I do my heavy downloads on windows, I think it'd be best if I format it to NTFS. I won't be able to write it with mac, but at least I can still access the files and copy it to my mac... Right?

I know there is FAT32, but then there is a file limit of 4GB. Many of my files are over that limit.

Or perhaps there is a better way for me to use it with both windows and mac?
I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.8. and windows 8.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 05:31 AM   #2
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Take a look at Paragon. It allows you to write to NTFS partitions within OS X.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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What about exFAT? According to Wikipedia it should work with Windows and OS X, and removes the 4GB limit.
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