What Filesystem works both in mac and xp

Discussion in 'macOS' started by harry454, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    hi I have a external HDD and I want to share files between Mac and Xp these files are over 8 gbs each what file system can OSX write to and what can xp read from?
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    FAT32, which if you're formatting the drive on your Mac via Disk Utility is called MS-DOS.
     

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  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Doesn't FAT32 have a file size limit, that sort of kills it for use if you are looking at 8+GB files?

    Unless you want to ZIP them into several pieces.

    There is always http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/ or looking at some of the NTFS RW upgrades for Mac OS X. I think someone was playing with a beta here on the site.

    Edit: though if you want from your Mac to any PC, it is a bit different since Mac Drive must be on each PC to read HFS+
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    FAT32 is cross platform so any OS can use it.unfortunately FAT32 has a file size limit of 4 GB.

    you can format your external drive to HFS and then use MacDrive to allow read/write support in Windows or NTFS and then use Mac Fuse + NTFS3g to allow write support in Mac OS X.

    simply put:

    - FAT32 (MS-DOS) is cross platform but has a 4 GB file size limit.
    - NTFS is read/write in Windows and only read in Mac OS X. install Mac Fuse + NTFS3g to add write support in Mac OS X
    - HFS (Mac OS Extended) is only read/write in Mac OS X. use MacDrive to add read/write to Windows.
     
  5. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    MacDrive is pretty sweet... I've used it and works well.
     
  7. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Yep it is pretty smooth, but also provides access to your Mac partitions/drives if you manage to get data destructive malware on the PC side, so extra care is certainly called for.
     

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