Getting ps3 or xbox to read external HD formatted for mac

Campbell80

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Hi there,

I have a portable external hard drive formatted for mac and I want to be able to view my movies that are on it through my games console. I believe both consoles only read Fat 32 so what are my options to get the consoles to read the HD?

Cheers for any help.
 

NoSmokingBandit

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You'll have to copy all of your data off the drive then format it to FAT32 before copying everything back over. This is why i only format my external drives to FAT32 (or ntfs if i need it to hold large files).
 

Campbell80

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You'll have to copy all of your data off the drive then format it to FAT32 before copying everything back over. This is why i only format my external drives to FAT32 (or ntfs if i need it to hold large files).
Is that my only option? And if I want to add a new movie to it daily then this is going to a lot of bother?
 

Campbell80

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Also if I do format it to FAT32 can my mac still read and function properly with this eg time machine software back-ups?

Cheers.
 

Rellikard

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FAT32 will only get you to 387GB(if not that exactly, around that). Won't format to anything above. Either way you'll need a program. Can download Partition Wizard 5 Free edition on a Windows machine and format it there. Otherwise Disk Management in Windows will only format up to 32GB for you.
 

NoSmokingBandit

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Disk Utility can create partitions easily enough, and can probably resize the HFS partition thats already there if you want to keep it instead of going all FAT32.
 

Campbell80

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FAT32 will only get you to 387GB(if not that exactly, around that). Won't format to anything above. Either way you'll need a program. Can download Partition Wizard 5 Free edition on a Windows machine and format it there. Otherwise Disk Management in Windows will only format up to 32GB for you.
Can I create a partition for my extra 100ish gb and format it to mac for files and stuff etc?

Thanks
 

Campbell80

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Forgot to mention, HD is 500gb so just don't know what I can do with that spare memory
 
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