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Best Ex.HDD format for use on both Win/OSX?


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#1 goodbytes

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 10:28

So i plugged in my external HDD into my Windows PC for the first time last night, it wasn't recognised, after 30 mins of playing around and thinking it was dying i realised it is not readable by Windows.

So what is the best file system for external hard drives?

I need something that will work properly on both systems. FATs 4GB file size limit puts me off so i guess i'm left with NTFS or ExFAT?

Is ExFAT a suitable file system or is it worth paying the money for the software that allows NTFS on OSX?




#2 Xahid

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 10:37

exFat is better option if it is supported by OsX



#3 dark-heart

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 10:41

Hi... NTFS is only readable on OSX, but ExFAT is both readable and writeable.

 

http://lifehacker.co...nal-drive-again

 

So if you have an external USB HD format it using ExFAT.