Thumb Drives?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by questions, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. questions macrumors member

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    Do you need a special thumb drive to save files from a mac and open them on a pc or will any do that?
     
  2. andyblila macrumors 65816

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    Any will work. I do it constantly. Unfortunately my work uses windows.
     
  3. questions thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I thought my big external drive was made specifically for macs, so I was assuming there are different memory sticks for macs and pcs.
     
  4. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    There's no such thing as a hard drive just for macs either. Macs do have their own format for hard drives and whatnot, but you can format any hard drive for use with a mac. What's more, a mac can read windows formatted disks just fine, which is why the thumb drives present no problem.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    for moving files from one system to another though you'll want it formatted to FAT32 which can be read and written to by both OS X and Windows. OS X can read NTFS (Windows formatting), but cannot write.
     
  6. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    My Kingston flash is formatted Fat 32 and works fine with either system. Someone in our local Mac user group who is somewhat of a gadgetphile said not to bother renaming the drive. She said leaving the name it is given when it first shows up on the desktop is a good idea if you're switching between OSs.
     

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