Formatting a hard drive for use with Vista and Mac OS X.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ubuntu, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

    Ubuntu

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    Hi,

    I'm switching back to PCs for now, what is the best way of getting all my data over? The external HD is Mac OS X "Journaled", what would I need to format it to for Vista to read it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Well, if you want to leave it the way it is you could use macdrive on your pc.

    If you want the disk to be able to be read/write for both machines, without any extra software, format it as FAT. If you have single files over 4GB that you want to transfer then don't format it as FAT because you will not be able to transfer them.

    And there is also NTFS which is what I use for my cross platform External HD. It is fully read/writeable from vista, but you have to install a free driver called ntfs-3g on the mac to be able to write to it.
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    To move your data to Vista from an HFS+ formatted drive, you need to use MacDrive.
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Use MacFUSE if you want to read and write to NFTS on Mac OSX
     

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