External Hard Drive For MacBook Pro Retina

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

  1. Jlong24 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Weaselboy

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    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

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

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