|Feb 3, 2013, 02:47 PM||#1|
WD External, which format will allow use in MAC & Windows?
I constantly save stuff from windows and Mac on my external and I saw online that MS DOS partition in Disk Utility works on both, which it does, but I am now trying to transfer 250gb and it says size to big for format type, what can I format under where it would work on both regardless of file transfer size?
2013 13" Macbook Air 256gb Base ; , iPhone 5s 64gb Space Gray Factory Unlocked, 27" iMac 2.9 i5, Nikon D90, Nikon D5100
|Feb 3, 2013, 02:52 PM||#2|
Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)
Choose the appropriate format:
HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)
NTFS (Windows NT File System)
FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
|Feb 3, 2013, 03:27 PM||#4|
As others have almost mentioned, for easy read/write on both Windows and OS X, you'll want to go with something in the FAT family. For your drive, it looks like FAT32 will be fine as long as you don't have any files over 4 GB (maybe videos?). exFAT is fine as well, but it won't work with Windows XP* (or Leopard). I'd stick with FAT32 unless you are affected by any of its limitations, since it's very widely supported--and while you may not plan on needing it now, it would also work served on an AEBS and can be easily read by most Linux distros.
NTFS is read-only on OS X (without third-party drivers) but works great on Windows, and HFS+ works great on OS X but has no support on Windows without third-party utilities, a free read-only utility or a pay-for read/write driver. So, while they're ultimately better file systems, I'd stay away from them for a shared drive unless sharing with another OS will truly be a rare occasion.
Long story short: try FAT32, maybe exFAT if you need something it offers (e.g., larger file sizes) and don't mind its compatibility limitations.
*EDIT: Thanks to costabunny below for pointing out that MS released an update (KB955704) to add exFAT support to XP. I think the patch for Leopard is called "Snow Leopard," however.
Last edited by RMo; Feb 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM.
|Feb 5, 2013, 06:18 AM||#5|
I know his only as I had to do it on my little brothers xp laptop as he wanted to backup to my external hard disk and had some work files bigger than 4Gb.
Just for future reference of course .
(i don't know if there is a similar patch for Leopard)
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|Feb 18, 2013, 09:04 AM||#6|
Apologies for interfering to this discussion but my question is regarding WD.
There might be the answer lying in the discussion above but I am not really fluent in all those formatting things. Can somebody clarify a couple of things for me please?
I am going to use one of this eternal drives for backing up my Mac Book Pro and I want to use both the Time Machine and SuperDuper soft for this. I also want to keep all of my RAW photo files on the same drive and work on them using Lightroom on MBP. Do I need to create 2 partitions for this (one for backing up files and the other one for storing my photo files)? This my first question.
The other question is if I create a partition on the drive for my photo files how can I get them on the external drive from my old windows laptop? I reckon that just drag and drop wont work?
And my last question would be this – if I choose only half of the external drive for Mac partition can I use the other half of the drive for storing the rest of my windows files/documents/music? Or any suggestions on it. I am basically want to get rid from the windows machine eventually but there is 500GB of information. I just want to save on the drive just in case i will need it.
Many thanks for any help in advance.
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