Using the secondary hard drive...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Zillax0rz, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Zillax0rz macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 3, 2007
    #1
    I have three drives in my Mac. The 1 250 it came with and two 500GBs. I installed XP on the 250. Can I store Windows-related files on the other two hard drives or do they need to be formatted for Windows-only or anything weird like that?
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2004
    Location:
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    #2
  3. Zillax0rz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 3, 2007
    #3
    So I'm assuming HFS+ is the Mac standard. But doesn't FAT32 limit you to 32GB? I have two 500GB internal drives I want to use. Also, I formatted XP as NTFS.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2004
    Location:
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    #4
    Windows artificially limits FAT32 formatting to 32 Gb per volume as a way to force people to use NTFS. The Mac (and third party formatting tools) can format a FAT32 drive to any size.

    Read the linked article through to the end.

    (disclaimer - I have NOT done this myself)
     
  5. LMO macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2007
    #5
    The max volume size under FAT32 is usually 8TB, max file size is 4GB.

    LMO
     
  6. Zillax0rz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 3, 2007
    #6
    That article is pretty daunting and a bit over my head. This is the only way? What is my other option, to make the drive Windows-only?
     

Share This Page