Using One External USB Drive For Both Windows And Mac

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  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Using One External USB Drive For Both Windows And Mac


    I need to format an external USB drive to use in both windows and Mac.
    Which of the two scenarios below would be the better format?

    SCENARIO ONE
    Format the drive in Mac computer to one single (partition) drive:
    Format = ExFAT
    Scheme = GUID Partition Map

    SCENARIO TWO

    Split the drive to two partitions, then format each partition to:
    Partition two = Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Partition one = NTFS (for windows)
    In this scenario, If I remember, I think the Mac partition needs to
    be the first partition in the drive.

    Thanks.
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  2. Compumind's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #2

    Hi caxtin -

    I think that this article will help you...

    How to Format a Hard Drive For Both Windows and Mac

    Looks like it is still relevant.

    Hope this helps.

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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Compumind said: View Post
    Hi caxtin -
    Looks like it is still relevant.
    Actually, that is the same video from LAPTOP I saw that got me wondering.
    This is why I came to this forum to ask about this method compared to separate partitions.
    I would like to know preferences or simply, the 'safest' one.

    Thanks for your replay.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    Exfat is easiest.
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  5. spapakons's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #5

    Scenario three: Format the disk as NTFS and enable NTFS writing in Mac OS X, or format the disk as Mac OS Extended Journaled and add a third party utility to access it from Windows (such as Paragon HFS). NTFS format can also be read by other devices (TV box etc)
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  6. bro67's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #6

    Just format Fat32.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #7

    bro67 said: View Post
    Just format Fat32.
    Great, until you hit the 4GB maximum file size limit in Fat32. That's why ExFAT was one of the suggested options - no file size limits.
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  8. bro67's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #8

    Compumind said: View Post
    Hi caxtin -

    I think that this article will help you...

    How to Format a Hard Drive For Both Windows and Mac

    Looks like it is still relevant.

    Hope this helps.

    That article is outdated. Mac OS Mojave uses APFS. Mac OS will read NTFS, etc, with no problems. The best thing to do in these cases is to keep the drive at Fat32, regardless of the format on the Mac or Beige Box.
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9

    Mac and Windows files don't play nice together so it can cause corrupted files
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  10. Compumind's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #10

    bro67 said: View Post
    That article is outdated. Mac OS Mojave uses APFS. Mac OS will read NTFS, etc, with no problems. The best thing to do in these cases is to keep the drive at Fat32, regardless of the format on the Mac or Beige Box.
    I'm a Windows fanboy, so why can't you use exFAT?

    https://www.howtogeek.com/235596/wha...xfat-and-ntfs/

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