Advice Please! Lexar 32gb Formatting for files over 6gb

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Gibgun, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Gibgun
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    macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    Hi There,

    Need a bit of help please

    I've recently purchased a 32gb USB flash drive to store .mkv files to watch on my blu ray player. The BD Player has a usb slot on the front, and supports this format.

    I'm having an issue copying anything over a certain size onto the flash drive, because of the FAT32 restrictions. What format can I make the USB stick so it can be used for storing large movie files, and will also work on my Samsung BD Player?

    If there's a workaround for this it'll be a life saver!

  2. GGJstudios
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    macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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 (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (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 or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • 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.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
  3. Gibgun
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    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    Thanks, have just done a little test and my BD Player supports NTFS but not exFAT. I'm going to assume it doesn't support HFS+ and install NTFS-3G.

    Thanks again, very informative and prompt response.

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