External Hard Drive, FAT32 to NTFS

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  1. Jitaka macrumors newbie

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    Hi all;

    I recently decided to ascend from the land of windows to the mac world and I have a question involving my western digital external hard drive.

    My EDD is currently in the standard FAT32 format; however, I recenlty realized that if I ever want to transfer a file larger 4GB to it that I need to to format it to NTFS.

    I believe FAT32 is compatible with mac (I haven't plugged my mac into the EDD yet), but what about NTFS? Will said conversion forever restrict my mac from accessing those files?
     
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    The Mac OS can:
    • Read an NTFS volume. It cannot write to it.
    • Read and write to a FAT32 volume.
     
  3. Carrot007 macrumors regular

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    Without additional software of course.

    NTFS read/write is available to macs in both free and pay software.
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    True.

    And there is always the sneakernet method via a USB Thumbdrive. :)
     
  5. Jitaka thread starter macrumors newbie

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