External Hard Drive For MacBook Pro Retina

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Jlong24, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Jlong24 macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2012
    Hey guys, I have a quick question for you I just purchased a Macbook Pro Retina a couple days ago and I am looking into buying an external hard-drive to store games/music/ pictures etc.. anyways I have my computer boot camped for gaming. So my question is if I have this external hard drive will I be able to access the files on both my OSX partition and my windows partion? Thanks in advance! And if anyone has any advice on a good external hard drive please link it for me! p.s. looking for one in the range of 80- 140$
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Any drive should work fine.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
  3. Jlong24 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2012
    Perfect so it looks like exFAT is the way to go if i want to be transferring files between windows and OS X. Thanks for your help!
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    A lot of users like this WD drive. Just format in ExFAT and you can share between Windows and OS X.
  5. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    I agree with this.
    Decent, reliable, high capacity, and fast drive thats good value for money!

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