Disk Format Choice in Disk Utility

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  1. krayziekray macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I have an external hard drive that I'm planning to use for my iTunes Music library, however, I plan to access the hard drive from both my Mac and Windows PC.
    Now I know I could format it as FAT32 (MS-Dos Format) in Disk Utility, however, from my understanding, this wont allow files larger than 4GB ... which could be a problem in future.

    If I were to format it as the Mac Journal extended format, would I still be able to read and write to this from my Windows PC? Any ideas, or other work arounds for this?

    Thanks.

    :apple: KrayzieKray :apple:
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Just download NTFS-3G for Mac and you can read and write NTFS without any issues
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    If you format it with Mac OS Extended (HFS+), you can only read and write in Windows via MacDrive.

    If you format it with NTFS (Windows File System), you need NTFS-3G drivers to write to that volume.
     

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