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Question about file sizes and drive formatting...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by marklight, May 27, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    So I have an external drive right now that is formatted for mac, and I have a few files that are over the 4GB mark: they're anywhere from 4-6 GB. They play just fine to problems whatsoever.

    Would these files work on a hard drive thats formatted for windows (NTFS) ?
  2. macrumors member

    Don't Confuse the Container with the Content

    An analogy might help.

    Does a bottle of Coke taste/work differently if you move it from a Traulsen to a Whirlpool? No.

    Don't confuse the container with the content. For the most part, files are files.

    There are, however, a few file naming conventions that don't work the same on OS X v. Windows. http://www.portfoliofaq.com/pfaq/FAQ00352.htm seems to cover the topic, but a little Googling might help you find even more useful information.
  3. macrumors 6502

    I should be more descriptive about my concern- i thought there might be a problem since the files were greater than 4 GB - and I didn't know if maybe the mac file system- and a mac computer could handle those files better than a windows system- that say isn't 64 bit.
  4. macrumors member

    So that's what you meant.

    I think this will answer your questions... http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

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