External Hard Drive Formatting

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JGC1986, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. JGC1986 macrumors regular


    Jul 5, 2008
  2. Major.Robto macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
    for mat as EXfat

    Its cross compatible

    I use it all the time and there is not size limit that is currently present in todays sizes of harddrives.

    Just the only problem with exfat Time machine wont backup to it.
  3. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Wait, really? That would be great, I have ~10 MKS that are over 5GB that I would really like to store on an external drive. Any idea if a PS3 can read that format?
  4. SlyMac macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2008
    You should be able to format the suggested exFat in disk utility i believe.
  5. Major.Robto macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
    The Ps3 seems like it can only read fat 16 and fat 32.

    also there would be a 4gb file limit

    Just stream your files over your network thats the best bet around this.
  6. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Ok, that's what I thought as well, it's largely a moot point anyway since I haven't been able to find a reliable and clean way to stream MKVs to my PS3, and hooking up my MBP to the TV is stupid easy anyway. Thanks though.
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I would use the Windows computer to format as FAT32.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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 Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • 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.

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