Hardrive format for Mac, Windows and PS3

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rarrcore, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. rarrcore macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys

    My first post, i've googled this and searched the forums but had no luck!

    I'm trying to work out how to format my external hardrive so my MacBook Pro, Windows and PS3 can all have read and view access.

    If it can't be done can this be done:

    MacBook Pro: Read and View Access
    Windows: View Only Access
    PS3: View Only Access

    My external hardrive is WD 500gb Passport and i'm running Snow Leopard

    Any help will be much appreciated!

    Thanks
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    FAT32, but no file can be bigger than 4GB.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/File_systems


    FAT32 can be read and written to by Windows and Mac OS X.

    Btw, read and view are the same regarding file system capabilities.
     
  3. rarrcore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ahhh I meant read and write***

    Will the PS3 read FAT32?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    As far as I found, yes. NTFS is a no-go.

    Btw, you can use MRoogle to search these forums.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yeah, it can read and write FAT32 but AFAIK not other formats
     
  6. rarrcore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Guys

    I'll do this tonight when i get home from work

    I'm guessing i can do this via Disk Utility?

    Shall i transfer all my data onto another hardrive before i format it?

    Thanks again
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Yes, Disk Utility calls FAT32 "MS-DOS file system". And yes, copy all your data from the HDD to another, all data, as formatting an HDD erases the data on it which can only be recovered by a third party solution that costs 99USD at least.
     
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