how to format external HD?

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  1. emt8q5 macrumors member

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    I recently purchased a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive. I am wondering what the choice for format is if I want to have read/write access in both windows and OS X?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yea if its already been formatted as fat32 by the manufactorers both xp and osx will be able to read/write.. any other format and you will get difficulties arising from either oneof those OS's
     
  4. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows CE; Sprint:pPC-6700; PPC; 240x320))

    if you want to reformat again into fat32 later, you can use swissknife from your windows pc. its notoriously difficult to format fat32 to drives over a certain (menial) size.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    on a pc it is... if you were to format any harddrive on osx using disk utility the size is limitless.
     
  6. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

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    Limitless with current hard drive sizes. Isn't there a 2TB or 4TB limit to volumes in FAT32?

    On the subject, anyone remember that Win98 could format FAT32 up to 100+GB, and suddenly Win2k maxed out at 32GB 'forcing' people to adopt NTFS? I really hope MSFT gets nailed some day. :mad:
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh they are getting nailed, its a silences 9mm nailgun trust me, its happening.

    tehcnically its a 16TiB limit... which i think is the same as 16terabits.... so yea about 2terabytes.
    my mistake its actually 8terabytes...

    max individual file size of 2GB
     

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