HD Format for Windows and OSX (not FAT)
December 8, 2007 10:52AM
edited July 2014
Is there any format that will work with both Windows and OSX? I want to use it for a 320GB external drive. As far as I know, FAT will not support larger than 32GB. Any suggestions?
Reply 1 of 8
December 9, 2007 1:04AM
I've got a 160 GB hard drive formatted with FAT right now, and in fact, most external hard drives come either unpartitioned, or partitioned with FAT.
Reply 2 of 8
December 11, 2007 3:11AM
The 32 GB limit is a MS "feature" for formatting in XP/Vista. In Win 2000 and ME you can format any HD in FAT32
My 320 MB drive is OK in FAT32, as long as you stay away from files of 4 GB and larger.
Reply 3 of 8
December 11, 2007 5:00AM
Reply 4 of 8
December 11, 2007 10:50PM
Originally Posted by
Isn't there software that you can install on XP to access mac formatted drives?
I doubt it. As far as I know, it needs to be built into the core of the OS. It's for that same reason that Mac OS X can read NTFS drives, but not write to them.
Reply 5 of 8
December 12, 2007 1:15AM
Actually, there is. Try
Reply 6 of 8
December 12, 2007 12:16PM
I stand corrected.
Reply 7 of 8
May 16, 2008 1:48AM
Try the ext2 file system if you don't like FAT. There are drivers for both OS-X and Windows and ext2 works with Linux as well.
disclaimer: I haven't done this, but it is doable. You might want to check the OS X drivers first.
Reply 8 of 8
May 20, 2008 2:09PM
There are free alternatives for both sides of access to either Windows and Mac OS X.
For accessing an HFS+ formatted volume under Windows you could use
It's a standalone progamme that works with Java. With it you can browse your HFS+ formatted volumes.
MacDrive is of course simpler, because you can just open the Explorer and there is your HFS+ volume, shown like all the other volumes.
For writing to an NTFS formatted volume under Mac OS x you can use
MacFuse and the NTFS 3G Read/Write driver
. It works like a charm for me.