FAT32, you have been pwned!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Michael CM1, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    OK, not really, but FAT32 as the best sharing file system between Macs and PCs is no more.

    I bought a My Passport 250GB drive this weekend (for $89!) and wanted to have it available to use between both Macs and PCs. It came formatted as FAT32 just like my flash drives have, so I started copying files over.

    Problem is I have a disc image I need stored there that is 7+GB. FAT32's file limit is 4GB. Well, there goes that. I went with Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and I'll just have to let it sit there and not do everything I was hoping for.

    So basically, the discussion is: is there (or will there be) a new file system for disks (not CDFS) that allows interopability and very large files? If HD videos ever become downloadable, they will top 4GB (especially in 1080p). I know this isn't much of a big deal with networks, but I'd love to port this little drive around to other places that may or may not have Macs.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    A cross platform format, probably not anytime soon. Although, they may try to adopt UDF for some drives - that may work at some point.
     
  3. Michael CM1 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I have a feeling that nobody's going to work *too* hard on it because of the networking cop-out. I just wish someone could've thought about this a few years ago since many many files are more than 4GB when you get into disk images and HD video. Why can't computers be perfect? :)
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    They try, but they're engineered by humans.
     
  5. Metuas macrumors regular

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    You could try Paragon or 3G (NTFS-RW) for Mac, or MacDrive (HFS+-RW) for Windows. IMO MacDrive works better, but do whatever you like.
     
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Hey! Stop throwing stones. This is a glass house, you know! ;) :p
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    All my windows are broke, so I'm going to keep on throwing ... :D
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Have at it then! :D
    I'm just glad it's not me who gets to clean the mess. :p
     

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