Best file system for a hard drive to be accessed from OS X and Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Spanky Deluxe, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

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    I've just got my MacPro and am about to start installing Windows. I've got three 300GB drives on here all formatted in NTFS. I need to go through them, sort them out and then reformat the drives in a file system that's readable by OS X and Windows. OS X says that you can only format 32GB drives with FAT32 although I'm sure that's not correct. A large chunk of the data is video content, I don't think I have many (if any) files over the FAT32 maximum file size limit.

    Do you reckon FAT32 would be the way to go?
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

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    OS X can format very large hard drives as FAT32, though above 200GB or thereabouts I'd split it into smaller partitions as I got kernel panics on my iMac with a 250GB FAT32 partition.

    MS deliberately limited FAT32 to 32GB in XP so people would use NTFS (which only works with Windows :rolleyes: ).

    Of course FAT32 is limited to 4GB files, so with larger files format it as HFS+ and get MacDrive for the relevant PCs.

    Other than that use FAT32.
     

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