Thumb drive issues

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  1. davorp macrumors newbie

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    I've got a 32 gb thumb drive the other day as I need to transfer files between pc and mac. Now, the drive is now formatted in FAT32 and both computers can read / write on it. There is as we all know a 4 gb file copy limitation on FAT32 so I formatted it in NTFS but now I can read files but can't write any while on the pc it works ok. When I format the drive to MacOS X format, then it's not visible on the pc. Is there any way to sort this?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    exFAT, though you should use Windows to format the USB flash memory thumb drive.


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    Overview of the four major file systems (called "Formats" in Mac OS X) used on Windows and Mac OS X, compiled by GGJstudios. You can use Disk Utility to format any HDD to your liking.

    Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility, found in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Here are your formatting options:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
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  3. davorp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, thanks mate. I'll give it a go tomorrow. One more quick question if anyone knows, will my exFAT formatted thumb drive be visible on my Samsung connected tv?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Probably not, but take a look at the manual for that specific TV or the Samsung support website to get confirmation.
    You probably need to use NTFS then.
     
  5. davorp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now I can transfer files mac (Leopard) pc (win7), but my old Powerbook 10.4 11 OS X doesn't recognize exFAT. Is there any utility or plugin that I can use on my PB to enable exfat support?
     

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