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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bacong, Apr 14, 2009.
How should I format it so that I can use it on both my mac and PC? NTFS?
also, can I format it with disc utility? thanks.
OS X can read/write to NTFS with a program like MacFuse.
Disk Utility cannot format the drive as NTFS.
Which file system to use depends on how you plan on using the drive. If you're going to be putting huge files on it (i.e. single files bigger than 4GB) you MUST use NTFS and miles01110's suggestion to enable read/write support on the Mac side. Otherwise, you can use FAT32, which Disk Utility CAN create (make sure you select MBR as the partition scheme, and MS-DOS/Windows as the format).
Got a WD 1 TB drive for only 119.99 USD today (great deal, check bestbuy.com if they are doing that everywhere) and luckily it was formatted as FAT32 straight away
not a great deal but it's nice you think so. Then again, I'm the cheapest mofo you'll meet but I hold out for awesome hardware at great deals.
Bestbuy = joke. Whatever you find there for whatever price, know that you can find it cheaper.
Quick look at a few other sites, chief:
and alot of sites have it for very similar prices. plus minus 5. Not really a big deal to me. So obviously, you have a hidden website where you get everything for half off or you're just spouting off. I'll let you pick.
Keep in mind FAT file systems can't handle files larger than ~4 GB.
I know, that's not a problem.