MS-DOS (FAT32) HDD on mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by crazy$hark, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. crazy$hark macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2011
    I have a harddrive that is MS-DOS (FAT32) but i want to completely erase everything using disk utility but it doesn't give me and option of formatting it to MS-DOS (FAT32). the closest option to that is MS-DOS (FAT). Is there any difference between these two formats? If so what?

  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Mac OS X doesn't distinguish between the various FAT varieties - it calls them all "FAT", and always formats as FAT32 (unless you choose ExFAT, otherwise known as FAT64).

    If you didn't understand any of that, the short answer is: You're fine with choosing MS-DOS (FAT).

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