External HD format - NTFS/FAT32/HFS+J?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by moosquared, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. moosquared macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2010
    Just a quick clarification. You can only read NTFS on mac, but windows cannot read & write on HFS+J?

    The reason is I just bought a 3TB WD My Book and it's formatted to HFS+J. My windows 8 laptop can't read it at all. Since I do my heavy downloads on windows, I think it'd be best if I format it to NTFS. I won't be able to write it with mac, but at least I can still access the files and copy it to my mac... Right? :confused:

    I know there is FAT32, but then there is a file limit of 4GB. Many of my files are over that limit.

    Or perhaps there is a better way for me to use it with both windows and mac?
    I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.8. and windows 8.
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Take a look at Paragon. It allows you to write to NTFS partitions within OS X.
  3. rbrian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    What about exFAT? According to Wikipedia it should work with Windows and OS X, and removes the 4GB limit.

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