Hd format

Scottie12

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What format should use on a seagate external hard drive that I would like to use for storing picture/video but access the drive from a mac and pc?
 

GGJstudios

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What format should use on a seagate external hard drive that I would like to use for storing picture/video but access the drive from a mac and pc?
There are a few options, but most likely NTFS.

FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
  • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
  • Maximum volume size: 2TB
NTFS (Windows NT File System)
  • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
  • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
    • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
    • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
    • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
  • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
  • Maximum file size: 16 TB
  • Maximum volume size: 256TB
HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
  • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
  • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    [*]To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    [*]To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
  • Maximum file size: 8EiB
  • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
exFAT (FAT64)
  • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
  • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
  • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
  • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
  • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
  • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
 

blueroom

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Feb 15, 2009
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Of course, that depends on what versions of Mac OS X and Windows are involved.
True, but both NTFS & HFS+ require either third party Windows or OSX software, exFAT is native for recent OSX versions and XP (with Microsoft patch) on up. FAT32 is only handy for files smaller than 4GB else it's fine.

PS OP has a 2011 MBP so it'll support exFAT.
 

Scottie12

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Oct 5, 2011
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dang ya'll are fast but this os x and vista. I format the drive as exfat and plug it into the pc and asks me to format it to open and defaults to NTFS?

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and by less than 4G you mean that format can only transfer files smaller than 4G at a time? or all together?

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and by less than 4G you mean that format can only transfer files smaller than 4G at a time? or all together?
 

blueroom

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dang ya'll are fast but this os x and vista. I format the drive as exfat and plug it into the pc and asks me to format it to open and defaults to NTFS?

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and by less than 4G you mean that format can only transfer files smaller than 4G at a time? or all together?

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and by less than 4G you mean that format can only transfer files smaller than 4G at a time? or all together?
Vista is probably the worst Windows OS ever made. It's supposed to support exFAT though. Make sure it's updated to at least SP1.

FAT32 cannot handle files larger than 4GB period. If your files are all under 4GB in size no problem.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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True, but both NTFS & HFS+ require either third party Windows or OSX software,
There's nothing wrong with using software, if needed. They work fine.
PS OP has a 2011 MBP so it'll support exFAT.
They didn't specify that in this thread, so giving all the various options, as I did, will apply to whatever their situation may be.
[/COLOR]and by less than 4G you mean that format can only transfer files smaller than 4G at a time? or all together?
As it says in my post, 4GB is the maximum file size, not the maximum transfer size.
 

dusk007

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Dec 5, 2009
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There's nothing wrong with using software, if needed. They work fine.
Thing is they don't at least not the combinations I tried. Since I formated my extra data partitions to exFAT all my problems disappeared. Spotlight and whatever else just cannot handle NTFS. The drivers can read it and write to it but exFAT performs better it may not be as secure but there are no bugs in OSX.
 
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