HD Format question

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    I am curious as to what format hard drivesinitially come in. I ask since I have a 250gb external and before i formatted it to hfs for time machine, both windows and osx could read and write to it

    my question is how? the only format i thought both os's can read and write to were fat32 and this is limited to a 32gig size

    can anyone provide some insight as I want to make it so both mac and pc can access the whole drive

    thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    are you able to reformat the whole drive as fat32 in say disk utility?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Up to 8 TiB in FAT32. I use Disk Utility often to format my larger volumes to FAT32. There are still plenty of drive manufacturers that offer FAT32 formatting utilities for Windows.
     
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