Format of new external HD

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  1. Highgord

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    Hi All,
    I run a MacBook Pro Mavericks while my wife uses a Toshiba Win 7 laptop. She has just bought a new Toshiba external 1TB drive and wants to share some files with me (scanned photos). However I can only read from this HD, not write to it. Is there a compatible files system we can format the external drive, (not Fat32 as photo are too big) so we can both read and write to it? Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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    Is this any good for you, just did a quick google search and found this :)

    Option 2: exFAT

    Pros: Can work with large files.

    Cons: Not compatible with older operating systems. You must have Mac OS X 10.6.5 or newer, and PCs need to be Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, or newer.

    Although it is possible to format a drive as exFAT from Disk Utility on the Mac, that drive will not work with Windows PCs, and that’s not what we’re after. To format the drive to work with both platforms you will need use a Windows computer to format the disk as exFAT.

    Update: At the time of the original posting in 2011, there were some problems getting a Mac formatted exFAT drive working with Windows, it had trouble recognizing those drives. It appears the issue has since been fixed and disks formatted exFAT on OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) are working with Windows. Mac instructions above will now work for exFAT. I will leave Windows instructions below for the benefit of Windows users.

    How to format using exFAT (on Windows):

    1. Plug the disk into a Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7 computer.
    2. Open the Computer window.[​IMG]
    3. Right click on the drive, and select Format.[​IMG]
    4. Select exFAT from the drop down box, and click on Start.[​IMG]
    5. Done! Now this drive will work with Macs and PCs.
     
  3. Highgord

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    My thanks to forum members for their help. I followed the instructions given and now it all works. As usual when i need help this forum is the best place to go.
     
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    Were each one of your photos really 4GB+ each? :eek:
    What sort of photos were they?
     
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    Yep, this is where exFAT is superb. I've got NTFS for Mac installed on my MBP, so that I could format my USB drive to NTFS and swap between my XP computer, my MBP, and various Windows laptops friends and family have, but since my XP machine died, and I realised Win7 supports exFAT, it's so much simpler to use that format. Just wish EVERYTHING supported exFAT for universal read and write!
     
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    Sorry hippo99, I don't know why I put 4GB each I meant 4MB each.
     

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