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Thread: What File System?
08-14-07, 08:52 AM #1
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What File System?
I just bought a new (500 GB) HD to use as an external, mainly with my Macbook. However, I'd like to still use it with my Windows system on an occasional basis. It appears I have to first partition the drive before I use it -- how should I be doing it?
08-14-07, 09:00 AM #2
Depends...are you willing to spend anything in order to use it as a single drive? If so, format it HFS+ and get MacDisk for Windows, unless there is a better solution on the Mac side for reading NTFS.
There may be free utilities that allow read/write from one to the other but I'm Mac ignorant. Otherwise, make a 32GB shared FAT32 partition then format the rest in either NTFS or HFS+ (depending on your primary use, I guess), and go from there.
08-14-07, 09:17 AM #3
There are various tools out there that let PCs run HFS+ formatted drives, but you might want to consider if you'd ever be likely use it on a PC other than your own, because if you went that way then any PC you wanted to use it with would have to have that software on.
I use MacDrive with one of my externals because I use it with my Xbox 360, which doesn't support NTFS and FAT32 has the file size limit. No idea why it supports a Mac file system... Anyway, there's probably a free alternative out there.i7 920 with Antec KÜHLER H₂O 620, Gigabyte X58-UD3R, 6GB PC-12800 OCZ Gold DDR3, 2x 5850 1GB CF, 2x 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, 1TB WD Caviar Black, 22" Samsung 226CW, 20.5" LG L207WT, Logitech G16 and G5 with Icemat v2