Formatting between Windows and OS X

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  1. lempkema macrumors newbie

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    So I just picked up an 8GB flash drive, and was wondering if there was any possible way to format the drive so that it both receives files larger than 4GB and is read/writeable on both OSs. Anyone?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    FAT32
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    NTFS
    HFS
    • Read/Write HFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write HFS from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
     
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  4. lempkema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot, is there any way to format the drive NTFS from my mac?
     
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    AFAIK, no. Format it to FAT32 and then plug it to your PC and format it to NTFS, that's the easiest way.
     
  6. lempkema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's a problem lol. I was messing around with it at work and now it only shows up in Windows if I format it FAT, and it will only allow a 200mb chunk of the 8GB to be formatted. Any suggestions?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, use Disk Utility.
     
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    It doesn't have option for NTFS format....
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No?
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    Let me correct, as default, it doesn't :p Didn't know NTFS-3G adds NTFS support for DU too
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're right. Native Mac OS X doesn't. My assumption was based on following the info in my first post in this thread to enable read/write of NTFS, which adds that as a formatting option in DU.
     
  12. lempkema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does NTFS-3G have a partition size limit? I keep getting an error when trying to format the drive "File system formatter failed."
     
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