External hard drive question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by luminosity, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    I got an external hard drive tonight exclusively for use with backing up my photos (particularly RAW files). It's formatted right from the box as being ready for OS X, unlike some hard drives that are formatted for Windows. I know Windows can't read it as it is right now, and so my question is whether I should reformat it in FAT32 so both Windows and Mac can read it, or whether I should leave it alone. Is there a speed difference on OS X if it's formatted a certain way?
  2. redbotsoftware macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
    There is a file size limitation in Fat32. And there is a bit of speed difference. Also a limit to the size of the file name.
    If you need it for both, maybe partition it in Disk Utility. Format a portion in Fat32?
  3. Abraxsis macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2003
    Leave it and get Macdrive 8 for Windows, or try HFSExplorer for free.
  4. mahood macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2009
    Or if you keep it plugged into your mac, you can share it with the windows PC over the network, and let the mac handle everything for you...

    Obviously this is no good if you physically move it to the PC's location, of course.

  5. JDDavis macrumors 65816


    Jan 16, 2009
    Although I don't use any PC's all my external hard drives are shared through my iMac and it works just fine. My Aperture library, Itunes library and all home videos are this way. I don't kow if it's truly "sharing" since I never changed any settings to share. I just connect to the iMac with the laptop as an administrator and then everything available to the iMac is there.

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