XP and OSX Compatable USB Stick

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bigvb@hotmail.c, May 12, 2009.

  1. bigvb@hotmail.c macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2006
    Basically i wanna buy a new USB stick, i got an only 1GB stick and it wont work for both bootcamp (xp) and osx, i formatted it for OSX and then xp doesnt regnise it.

    I want a 16GB stick, ive norrowed it down to 2 popular ones:

    SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB

    Corsair Flash Voyager 16 GB

    Any advice on how good these are at switching between two OSs as well as general advice, read/write speeds etc... cheers
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    If you format any USB drive to FAT32 it can be read/write by either OS.
    Rule of thumb:
    HFS+ is Mac only.
    NTFS is Windows Read/Write, and Mac Read only.
  3. redsteven macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    why'd you format your flash drive?

    Any flash drive should work with both OS's out of the box, shouldn't it?

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