NTFS or HFS+ ?

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  1. VaatiKaiba macrumors 6502

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    My parent's PC died recently, and they're anxious to get all their data off the HD as a precaution. I have a spare external HD, but I need to erase / reformat it, and was wondering which format I should use? Will either of the above allow read/write with both Mac and PC? Or even just PC? I'm using Disk Utility for this...

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Neither.

    PCs can't do anything with HFS+, and Macs can only read NTFS.

    If it's going to be a PC, make it NTFS and download MacFUSE on all Macs that will connect (not over a network, that doesn't matter) to it.

    If it's going to be a Hackintosh, HFS+, obviously.
     
  3. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need MacFuse to be able to use NTFS-3G. Google it
     
  4. VaatiKaiba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, just one other quick question: will it make a difference if I use FAT32 when using just a PC? I thought I read something about file sizes, but can't find it now...
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No files over 4GB can exist.
     
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