Question about a Flash Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by modestmelody, May 29, 2005.

  1. modestmelody macrumors newbie

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    Will there be issues using one flash drive for both Apple and Windows-based computers? I am thinking about in the past where 3.5" floppies needed to be reformatted if used on one versus the other, and I haven't really ever tried a file transfer like that since that era. So, one flash drive to rule them all ok?
     
  2. noel4r macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, any USB flash drive will work fine w/ both OS X and Windows XP and 2000. No need for any drivers either. Just dont format the drive. FAT32 is fine for both OS
     
  3. modestmelody thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. That's what I was hoping to hear. I was pretty sure this is the case but not 100%.
     
  4. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, unfortunately FAT32 is still the best cross-platform filesystem. Thankfully OSX knows how to manipulate it in order to maintain much of OSX's "extras" such as file metadata, so it's an acceptable compromise.
     

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