Flash drive formatting help needed...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mjmar, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    I have a flash drive that I formatted to work with an Apple TV hack, and that required you to make it formatted for mac only. I went and erased the drive after the hack, and attempted to format it to work with windows also; however I was unsuccessful. How could I make it work with both OSX and XP/Vista?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    To work with both, format it as FAT32
    In Disk Utility use MS DOS (FAT) as the format type

    Check out the various file systems here: MR Guide: File Systems

    If a disk is formatted NTFS, OSX will read but not write it
    You will need something like NTFS-3G for OSX to read/write

    If a disk is formatted HFS+, you will need something like MacDrive for Windows to read/write

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