usb drive needed for intel imac and pc

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  1. lene8 macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone recommend a usb flash drive I can use between my imac running o/s 10.4.11 and a pc running windows xp pro sp3 oem?

    I need to transfer .aif (aiff) files between my imac and the pc.
    The files will later be converted to .wav files.

    Can I just plug it in and copy the files or will I have to format the usb drive? So I can transfer the files to the pc?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Any drive will work, you just have to use right format. FAT32 is the best for Mac & PC as both can read and write it without extra plug-ins but it has individual file size limit of 4GB so if you're moving big files, it's not good. NTFS is the second best but you need NTFS-3G for your Mac so it can write NTFS volumes
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Flash drives use the FAT32 file system, which can be READ and WRITTEN to by Mac OS X and Windows. Thus any USB flash drive you by can be used by both OSs. The maximum file size is 4GB though.
    http://guides.macrumors.com/File_systems

    Btw, why don't you network both computers?
     
  4. lene8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    usb drive needed for intel imac and pc

    Thank you both for your prompt replies.
    Networking both computers is an excellent solution. For today I will settle for getting a usb flash drive to get the project running.

    You both mention 4GB limit - any suggestions on which vendor? I did find a
    usb flash drive at the apple store website - though it says 8GB. Can this work?

    Crucial 8GB Gizmo! USB Flash Drive
    A compact storage classic, the Crucial Gizmo flash drive makes it easy to share your files.

    Features
    Sleek, compact design
    Ease of carrying photos, music, video, or any document
    Quick access to files from any computer, no drivers required
    Glowing blue LED to indicate when data is transferred
    USB 2.0 Hi-Speed certified
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The actual disk can be 400GB but an individual file e.g. a movie cannot be over 4GB.
     
  6. lene8 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    usb drive needed for intel imac and pc

    Okay. Thanks much!
     

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