External HDD Format

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PhotoBill, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. PhotoBill macrumors newbie

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    I'm wondering what the best file format would be for an external HDD connected to the Airport Extreme...I have a mixed environment some Apple machines, and a few Windows machines (work issued), and I'd like all of them to be able to access all of the data on the drive.

    Advice....

    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    FAT32 would be best. FAT32 can be both read and written by all Mac Systems, all Windows Systems, and all Linux/UNIX Systems.

    TEG
     
  3. PhotoBill thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I figured, I just hate the idea of the 4GB size limit....

    Oh well.

    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  4. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't the Airport Extreme (Time Capsule) work like a fileserver, making the used filesystem unimportant for the clients?
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    That 4GB limit is the file size. So unless you are doing some major video editing (which should be done on a local disc anyway) you'll be fine.

    TEG
     
  6. lightsout macrumors member

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    Vista SP1 has the "FatEX" filesystem which supports greater than 4GB of files. I'd expect most other OSes to pick it up fairly quickly.
     

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