Big question about file systems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Arip, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Arip macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2005
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    the thing is a bought an external iomega disk 250gb

    it came formated with a fat32 system (i cannot copy any file larger than 6gb)

    ive read that if i format it to HFS+ Jorunal (dont know what journal means) i can copy files larger than 6gb

    but if i use the external disk on my windows partition too, and microchoft cannot read this file system :S

    what can i do?
    is it a way i can use the same file system in both os? and write a file bigger than 6gb?

    any help is appreciated :p
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    The answer might be Macdisk. I haven't used it personally but it should allow you to read the Mac filesystem on your Windows box.
  3. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    You need to make more than one partition. Both OS-X and Windows can read and write to Fat-32 but it will not handle partitions larger than 32GB. Your Mac will be able to read a Windows NTFS partition but not write to it. Windows can neither read nor write to an OS-X HFS+ formatted partition.

    You will have to make some compromise based upon your needs.

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