how should i format my HD

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  1. Sannekita macrumors regular

    Sannekita

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    Hi guys, i just formatted my (portable)HD to MS-DOS (FAT). Now i have to problem i can't put files larger than 4GB on my portable HD. i used the FATstructure because then i my PC can also use this HD. But if i can't transer files larger than 4GB its useless. what volumestructure should i use?
    Thank you
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    You could use NTFS. You'll then need ot get an additional program so the MBP can write to the drive.
     
  3. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

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    HFS+

    It won't be readable on Windows though unless you use HFS+ explorer.
     
  4. Sannekita thread starter macrumors regular

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    1.What program is that?
    thanks
    (great now i just formatted it for nothing! it was NTFS :) )

    2.what structure should i use if only my mac uses it?
     
  5. -DH macrumors 65816

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    1. NTFS is a disc format type, not a program.

    2. For Mac use, especially for editing, all drives should be formatted as "Mac OS Extended" (aka HFS+). You can install MacDrive on your windows system to enable read/write capabilities to Mac formatted drives.

    -DH
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    I presume that aaronw1986 is thinking about NTFS-3G under MacFUSE. -DH is correct that these are not programs, but implementations of file systems.
     
  7. Sannekita thread starter macrumors regular

    Sannekita

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    Macdrive

    Thanks for all the help so far guys.
    Now, where do i get macdrive? will it cost me anything or is if for free?
     
  8. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    How are they not programs? You download and install them. The operation they perform is the wrapping of file systems.
     
  9. -DH macrumors 65816

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    In my reply, when I posted that NTSF was not a program, but rather a file system format type (as it relates to the OP's qauestion), that is exactly what NTSF is. I was NOT referring to any programs that may contain the letters NTSF in their name.

    For more info on the NTSF file system, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ntfs

    -DH
     
  10. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    I never said NTFS was a program. I said you'd need to download additional programs in order to write to an NTFS formatted partition.
     

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