Apple seemed to have no trouble reverse-engineering FAT compatibility or did they license it? Ars Technica was still saying it was coming to the Mac in a commercial implementation a year ago: However, all references to this feature have been silently removed. It must be Master Boot Record. No, why should an operating system support the file systems of other operating systems? There should be a file system which is designed for external media and supports large files and large volumes, just like all other modern file systems. FAT was designed by Microsoft and is patented by Microsoft.
Every who wants to use FAT has to pay Microsoft. They have to pay Microsoft to use FAT. Almost every device supports FAT. Every device just supports it. They should have introduced a completely new, open and completely independent file system which is designed for external devices and is free to use by everyone. Could Ext4 and coming newer versions be a perfect candidate for this? I always have to think of this particular XKCD comic when talking about this ; http: The reality is we all live in a world of mixed platforms, always have and probably always will.
The OS that has the widest support usually becomes the most popular. Although we know its limitation of 4gb file size only. So, after an hour research I am able to find three solutions for it: Create two partitions on your hard drive to use with each OS, separately. You can create,delete,format,resize boot camp partition,repartition without any data loss, can make bootable DVD by Stellar partition manager. I found this tool really easy to use and efficient. Wanted to copy a large video file so needed to use exFAT.
I do not like encryption, how do i do it. I have inherited three Macs. I was planning to use them but now I am convinced that Apple is interested in creating compatibility issues, worse that microsoft, so I am switching to Linux. And after the instructions, I tried to boot into Windows. And then I see that is says something like: Press Enter to try again. I have a 16gb SanDisk that I wanted to put a movie onto.
The movie was 8gb. It gave me errors and would not copy the file. Said format problem. So I reformatted to Apple journaled and had no more problems. But now, of course, a PC cannot read the flash drive. Name required. Mail will not be published required. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. Enter your email address below: Posted by: Irene Kisala says: April 22, at 6: Lehman bros lol says: April 22, at 7: Daniel Clark says: February 1, at 5: Joshua K says: April 23, at Karl says: February 9, at 8: Alberto says: April 22, at 9: PlayfullyEvil says: April 22, at Argo says: Kilian says: April 23, at 1: Ricardo says: April 23, at 7: Paul says: Theo Vosse says: April 23, at 2: Great question.
This is not a typical solution, but it can be done.
I hope this helps! Hi Jon, Thank for this. Really appreciate this article. Hi, not sure if this is possible but i cannot find a post above on how to actually remove what is already on the Seagate External Hard drive Windows then reformat it to a Mac. Can you please help me with some advice. Hi there, I have and had Windows based PCs and laptops since.. Now I just had enough and wish to change to Mac. I wish it would be as easy to just buy a new machine and done but I want my TB worth of photos and other file to be transfered safely. I had my doubts but anyway I have it now and wish to transfer data.
Thanks T. Then my school had a mandatory reformatting for our macs and I lost what I had downloaded and the bookmark. The sales assistant assured me that it worked for both! While at uni I use a Mac and it crashed!.. You are my hero, i bought the 2TB, and when i looked at th box it said for pc. It was really easy to switch. I was going to buy a firewire to transfer everything but know i dont. Thanks alot. Just one thing though when I get to the final part of confirming I want to partition and clicking OK it says it cannot Unmount disk! Can you please help since I thought this product was plug and play.
It certainly is not that for Mac newbies: OMG thankk you!!! I thought i was gonna have to donate this pretty looking external hd the only one i found that matched my Macbook!! Thanks for a straight-forward and Plain English description… so many others could learn from you. Just on point I would stress. But on carefully reading your instructions again I realised I had to specify the number of partitions in my case 1 and hey presto, up came Options.
How to Format a Drive for Mac & PC Compatibility
Thanks for the simple instructions, I was getting a bit worries when I kept getting the error message about failing to format the drive. Nice work! If i reformat my WWindows Disk Drive for a Mac does that mean i lose all the information that is already stored on it? Thanks a lot! Thanks again.
How to Format a Drive for Mac & PC Compatibility
Thank you SO much Jon! Your instructions were very easy to follow and I was able to reformat my Segate Expansion to work with my MacBook Pro within minutes. Thank you, Thank You, Thank You!!!
Thank you!! Really appreciate the clear instructions. Made the whole process a lot less intense.
Thanks again! Thank you soooo much for this tutorial! I was about to send these two hard drives back because the other directions I found were too complicated. I appreciate you! Using this hard drive is very simple on Windows operating systems — You merely plug in the power cord and USB 3.
If you want to use the Seagate Expansion on a mac, you only need to reformat it using the Disk Utility in your Mac operating system and voila. This worked a treat for me. There were a couple of the screens that were different to the examples shown probably due to mac updates since this was posted, but it was still easy enough to follow.
Formatting a Drive for Mac OS X & Windows PC Compatibility
Thanks for your help. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. And you know what? There is one trick to it that is not intuitive.
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So how DO you do it? Happy formatting! Share This Story: About the Author: Related Posts. Chris February 1, at 8: Jon Van Bronkhorst February 8, at 9: Peter Yoshida February 11, at Ian Morris March 30, at 9: Jon Van Bronkhorst April 5, at 4: Ian, Great question. Victoria April 9, at 8: Emily April 12, at 7: Tamas Kulcsar May 21, at 5: Rebekah August 7, at 3: Claudia August 18, at 8: Can you help me show the reverse of this article, need a NTFS partition? Thank you: Thank god for you man.