Best disk format for crossplatform?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I have a large external drive that I want to use accross Linux, Mac OS and Windows. I'm trying to figure out which format I should use for it. I'll have a lot of medium sized files ~3MB on it.

NTFS Great for windows not great for Mac OS and Linux

FAT 32 Sucks but it works with everything.

ZSF Not widely supported yet

HFS+ Not supported by Windows or Linux

I don't have control over all of these systems so I can't install needed software to mount sundry file systems.

I think I'm stuck with FAT32 but maybe someone has a better idea?


  • Reply 1 of 2
    mydomydo Posts: 1,888member
    I went with FAT 32. Just gotta remember to eject before I rip it out of the USB port.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    kukukuku Posts: 254member
    Fat32 has limits, such as the 3gig limit.

    There is nothing else out there unless you install independing format readers.
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