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#1 Richard C.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:59

Basically I need to transfer about 300gb of data to a Windows PC thats not connected to my network, I have a 1TB usb HDD so that's not really an issue, apart from I'm not sure how to format it in that:

NTFS - Read only on the mac where the data is, but both can read
HFS+ Can be written to by the mac but Windows can't read it
FAT - Both can read and write to it but it won't create a large enough partition
ExFat - Can create a large enough partition, but I'm not sure if Windows XP can read it like my Windows 7 PC can.


#2 CPressland

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 13:02

Windows, Mac and Linux can all read FAT and ExFAT. ExFAT is the best option here and Windows XP can read this as long as it's up to date.

Worst case, create a 100MB FAT32 Partition on the start of the USB Hard Drive with this system update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955704

Once installed, XP can read ExFAT and thus the other 300GB.

#3 Daedroth

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 13:04

There are ways to get OS X to write to NTFS. Here's one on LifeHacker.

#4 .Neo

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 14:49

Nm!

#5 CPressland

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 15:29

There are ways to get OS X to write to NTFS. Here's one on LifeHacker.


Third Party hack-togethers are never a good way to go...