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formatting a disk?
show user profile  STRAT
Hi guys, can i get some plain english clarity please, only google is a tad confusing......

i need to format my portable hard drive so both my mac and pc can read/write to it.

so far it's been formatted in NTFS. Both Windows and Mac can read this, but only Windows can write to it. My mac can not. Is this correct or am i not enabling something?

What if i re-format it to FAT? is this correct for both read/write usage on both computers?



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10/12/2011 5:41:34 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 5:41:34 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
format as fat32 if ntfs is giving you problems.
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10/12/2011 5:51:35 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 5:51:35 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
ta muchly


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10/12/2011 6:03:23 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 6:03:23 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
fat32 is only mutual read/write solution.

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10/12/2011 6:17:30 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 6:17:30 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Dr.Jim is right... NTSF only is readable by macs...

Also, from my own experience, mac notebook hard drives are actually different than PC notebook hard drives..

I took a sata drive out of a macbook pro in hopes I could use it for my PC notebook, and I couldn't reformat it because it just wasnt compatible at all.

Just a heads up.

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10/12/2011 6:27:05 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 6:27:05 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Isn`t it true that, if you format with Fat, you can`t write files larger than 4 Gb ?

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10/12/2011 6:49:45 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 6:49:45 PM)
show user profile  advance-software

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10/12/2011 6:54:06 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 6:54:06 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Yes....that is quite true.

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10/12/2011 6:57:13 PM (last edit: 10/12/2011 6:57:13 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
when trying to format my drive on a pc it gives me the option of NTFS or exFAT. but it wont do it in exFAT format, only NTFS.

any suggestions?


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10/13/2011 1:59:42 PM (last edit: 10/13/2011 1:59:42 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
use linux :)
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10/13/2011 2:04:46 PM (last edit: 10/13/2011 2:04:46 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
How will rendering his computers useless help the situation?


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10/13/2011 2:11:02 PM (last edit: 10/13/2011 2:11:02 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
no linux install required, just burn a linux live cd & boot from it. format whatever partition you want in linux (be careful not to nuke your installed o/s), then back to windoze.

no idea why you can't format as fat32 but I usually just do this in linux whenever windows gives me any shit.
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10/13/2011 2:21:43 PM (last edit: 10/13/2011 2:23:33 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
FAT32 wasn't an option on either my XP32, XP64 or new mac machines. exFAT was on all of them, but didnt work on any. FAT-DOS was available on my Mac, which works as a read/write on all computers.


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10/13/2011 2:30:18 PM (last edit: 10/13/2011 2:30:18 PM)
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