Hard drive for both mac and PC??????????????

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  1. electrikalex macrumors newbie

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    Is there any way to format a hard drive on my mac which works both on a mac and on a PC without partitioning it??:confused:

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  2. Ntombi macrumors 68030

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  3. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    yes FAT32… but theres a 4 GB write per file limit. Mac OS X can only read to NTFS by default but Macfuse + NTFS3g (open source) or Paragon NTFS for Mac (shareware) will add write suport. Windows can read/write to HFS+ with MacDrive (shareware).
     
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    I noticed FAT32 is slow on the Mac side. I only use FAT32 for thumb drives. In a perfect world, ZFS would be ready for prime time and Windows and Macs could use that by default.
     
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    I think you got it spot on to be honest...
     
  6. electrikalex thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    What the heck is DOS as a format, by the way?

    Just format it as NTFS and get an OS X NTFS read/write support utility. The main one (can't remember the name) is seamless with OS X, so NTFS is used as any other drive.

    It's also free. Don't pay for any NTFS utilities.
     
  8. cube macrumors G5

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    ZFS has been ready for a long time in Solaris.
     
  9. electrikalex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Format to NTFS

    OK, I'll format to NTFS, but is there any way to do that on a mac??? My PC does not recognze my hard drive so....
     

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