mac and 4+gb files

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  1. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    i dont know wot type of format macs come in but i read that when you buy an external drive you gotta format it to fat32 and you cant have files larger than 4gbs.

    can someone enlighten me on this whole thing.

    id like to get a mac but i still wonna download video files upto 8gbs and still beable to play them on the mac

    thanks
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you want a hard drive that's interoperable with Windows then you're going to need to format it to FAT32.

    OS X and any external hard drive formatted to HFS+ can handle files larger then 4 GB.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You can potentially install MacDrive onto the PC(s) and then be able to access and work with the Mac formatted HFS drive. Generally I find it easier to just use FAT32 though.
     
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  5. OhFrenchman macrumors newbie

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    Wouldn't MacFUSE and a NTFS formated hard disk do the trick? I've never used it but heard about that kind of functionality implemented in it. MacFUSE would allow you to write to NTFS partitions using Mac OS X.
     
  6. timestoby thread starter macrumors 6502

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    okay,i didnt know that you can format a external drive to HFS+.never even knew bout that type till i was readn up on the mac stuff lol. if thats the case then i dont need anything else.just format the external drive to HFS+ and now i should be able to download the 8gbs files and beable to watch them back on the mac without a problem.right?
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Right, but you'll need MacDrive on all the PCs you want to have access to the drive. :)
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That's right.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Formatting_an_External_Device

    HFSExplorer works fine for me.
     
  9. timestoby thread starter macrumors 6502

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