Is there a new good 'shared' filesystem format?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GFLPraxis, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Back in the day, I was comfortable recommending and always formatting my external drives as FAT32. Why? Mac OS X could read/write to it. Windows could read/write to it.

    Now, FAT32's age shows and its limitations become very frustrating for backing up data (most notably, the limit of 4 GB on individual file size).

    So, in today's day and age- is there a good choice as to filesystem? Windows can't read Apple's default HFS+, and as I recall, Mac OS X can't write to NTFS, only read. Can Windows read anything other than FAT32/NTFS?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you use Macfuse or NTFS-3G, your Mac can read and write to NTFS as well.

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