8GB Memory stick FAT, Windows and Disk Utility???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JavaWizKid, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. JavaWizKid macrumors 6502a

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    I've partitioned my 8GB USB memory stick using Disk Utility in Snow Leopard and gave it the format of MS-DOS(FAT). It completes successfully, and works within Snow Leopard however when I plug it into Windows, it says its unformatted and needs formatting. It only gives me the option to format 200MB!!! What is going on? I know formatting more than 2GB in FAT is impossible or something but I did it with my external HDD and it works perfectly in Windows. I'm so confused! :S
     
  2. rowsdower macrumors 6502

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    I'm not 100% sure, but I think this might happen if you format it as GUID instead of MBR. Go to the partition tab and change the scheme from Current to 1 Partition. Click Options... at the bottom and change the selector to MBR.
     
  3. charlesbronsen macrumors 6502a

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    strange. Maybe you could partition it in windows into 2 fat32 then plug into mac and format one of them to guid
     
  4. JavaWizKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That worked thanks!
     

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