|Jan 26, 2013, 03:43 PM||#1|
Using a hard drive as a USB storage?
Few questions I've come across. My first question is, can you take a back up hard drive, format it, and use it just like a flash drive on a Mac? I know you can do it on a PC because my friend has done it. When I do it on my Mac however, I'm able to store data on the device, but when I go to plug it in to a PC or my PS3, nothing comes up to show it's even connected. I thought I'd ask here before I reformat it and try it again.
Guess that's only one question...
|Jan 26, 2013, 03:53 PM||#2|
It depends on the format and partition map scheme.
|Jan 26, 2013, 09:30 PM||#3|
I generally like NTFS for external drives. Best compromise between compatibility and being able to handle large files (over 4GB in size). But I'm using a paid NTFS product on my Macs for reading/writing. This way, I can use the drive on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
There are other possibilities that I've never used. Such as exFAT, which sounds like it has solved some limitations of FAT32.
What is important is to find a format that works for your needs. HFS+ probably isn't except in a mac only environment (though there are drivers for other os's).
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