Seagate Harddrive, What format for both Windows and Mac ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by shopsmart99, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. shopsmart99 macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2010
    I just got a new Seagate Harddrive and want to format the disk for both Windows and Mac use.....

    What format should i make the drive ?

  2. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    exFAT is supported fully by both OSX and Windows now. It won't work if you want to run very old OS's (XP without SP2 for example). If you are using W7 and Lion that's the one to go for.
  3. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    FAT 32 is the most compatible with mac, windows, linux and unix.
  4. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    Is FAT 32 the choice with OS X with Parallels? This duality is still pretty new to me.
  5. Sincci macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    You should really go with exfat since fat32 doesn't support files that are over 4gb.

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