stupid hard drive question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by evanrousso, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. evanrousso macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    Ok, so I have a mac running snow leopard, a pc at work running windows xp and a PS3. I have an external hard drive that I want to load all of my media onto that will be read by all 3 units. What do I need to format the drive as?
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    AFAIK, the fact that the PS3 is on your list makes your answer a gimme. You pretty much have to use FAT32 (and it doesn't support individual files that are >4GB). Unless something changed, and the PS3 got NTFS support. NTFS would probably be the go-to answer otherwise, because it supports large files and works well on both OS X (with either a system settings modification or installing something like NTFS-3G) and Windows.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Yeah, FAT32 is the only way to go if you want to use it with PS3. You could use NTFS and then use an app like PS3 Media Server to stream content from Mac to PS3

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