FAT partition on USB stick not recognized on Win7 (other part. is OS Ext. (Journaled)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by krapidler, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. krapidler macrumors newbie

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    I have recently bought a 16 GB USB stick, and would like to use it mostly to transfer files from my PC to my Mac, and created a ~ 14 GB partition using "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" for this purpose. I open this partition on Windows 7 via MacDrive.

    Now, I also need a small partition for various file transfers (documents and such) to other Windows PCs which don't have MacDrive installed. I therefore formatted the other ~ 2 GB as "MS-DOS (Fat)".

    The problem is, my Windows PC doesn't recognize the FAT(32?) partition at all.

    What do?
     
  2. SideStepSociety macrumors 6502

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    Format the drive as MBR as opposed to GUID, make the first partition FAT (I personally recommend exFAT), and the second partition HFS.
     
  3. krapidler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I have solved the problem by creating one big partition using Ex-FAT. I didn't even know what that was until a few hours ago, but apparently it works like a charm, even for big files.

    Any downsides to this?
     
  4. SideStepSociety macrumors 6502

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    One big one is it may not be readable by older Windows systems. Other than that, nothing a standard user would probably notice.
     
  5. blueroom macrumors 603

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    XP needs an update from Microsoft but exFat is excellent for OSX/Windows file transfers.
     

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