External hard drive

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  1. HighContrast* macrumors newbie

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    Hey all, I could do with some help. I use Leopard and Windows, and switch between them often. Recently my Macdrive has stopped working, and as a result, I cannot access my media files from Windows(there in a mac formatted hard drive) I have now decided to just buy a 1tb external hard drive, and store it all on there. Am I right in thinking I would be able to use that in both Leopard and Windows? i am planning on buying this hard drive,

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150506/show_product_overview
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yes, that drive will work

    You have a number of options for formatting and partitioning to make it work best for you

    How do you need to use the drive?

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  3. HighContrast* thread starter macrumors newbie

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    um, basically it just needs to hold all my media on it. so tv shows, films etc, and then be able to be accessed from both windows and leopard.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Formatting as FAT32 will allow you to do this, but it has its limitations

    Check out the Guide on File Systems for some good info

    There are 3rd party apps that allow you to format for one OS or the other and still access (such as MacDrive and MacFuse)

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  5. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    can you even format a partition that big in FAT32?
    EDIT:NM. its a 2TB limit. im thinking 4Gig files size...
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Hence the limitation I mentioned earlier
    FAT32 works well for most things
    However, if you have large file sizes, and the OP mentions media... not so much

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  7. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    you could format it as HFS+ and install Macdrive on windows.
    or u can format it as NTFS and MacFuse and NTFS-3G on the os x side.

    those will support larger file sizes.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Which is what I said in post #4 of this thread ;) :)
    Those are certainly options

    Personally, I would go with FAT32 unless file size was an issue, and it may very well be with media files

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