External USB hard drive for use on a Windows machine & a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Imola Ghost, May 18, 2009.

  1. Imola Ghost macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I've got a external usb hard drive that I want to be able to use on both a Windows machine and a Mac OSX. I want to be able to read & right on both computers.

    What format should I use for the drive? FAT, FAT32, or something else.

    I'm new to Mac's [3 days] so any info is helpful.
  2. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
  3. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    Install MacFUSE + NTFS 3G for OS X and use NTFS. FAT32 is old and has much more problems and limitations.

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