sharing an external disk or two or three with pc

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sbb155, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    I need to share larger video files with a pc
    they are often >4gb
    From what I understand, this will be tough?
    Do I have this right:
    NTFS - can read/write on a pc, only READ with a mac
    FAT 32 - can read/write with both, but size limited to 4gb files only
    Mac (dont know format name) - cannot be read or written by a pc
    and How do i format into mac format?
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    NTFS - you're correct, there are third party add-ons that will let OS X read and write to an NTFS partition.

    FAT32 - correct.

    Mac (HFS+) - Correct.

    On your Mac, run Disk Utility and select the physical drive to set up and format a partition.

    One more note: if you're using a NAS, you can set up the drive in any format you want and connect to it with SMB from OS X or Windows.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    there are also windows addons that will read HFS.

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