2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2013 11:20 PM by Kappy
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I'm finally upgrading my 6 year Dell with a new 27" iMac.


This is my first Apple desktop, but I will use bootcamp to have the ability to boot into windows (since I still use windows for work and still have a lot of windows programs I use)


My question is related to an external harddrive.


I'd like to have one external drive with all of my media type files (music, videos...etc) and share the drive between to the Mac and Windows bootcamp partitions.


Can anyone let me know what is best way to format the drive so it can read/write on both Mac and Windows?


Fat32 probably would work because I don't think I have any files larger than 4GB, but what about the ExFat format. Is this my best option.


I figure I'd ask the experts so I don't have to reformat the drive multiple times.


Any help is greatly appreciated.



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  • mende1 Level 10 (92,186 points)

    The main advantage of exFAT is that it support files bigger than 4 GB. If you aren't going to save files bigger than 4 GB, you can use FAT32 if you want.


    Note that if you want to use exFAT, you have to format the external drive in Windows. If not, Windows won't detect the external disk. If you want to use FAT32, you can format it in Mac OS X

  • Kappy Level 10 (265,914 points)

    The best thing is to format the drive NTFS or OS X, then get third-party software to enable compatibility. For example you can use NTFS for Mac 10.0.2 or Tuxera NTFS 2012.3.6 to enable write capability to an NTFS formatted drive from OS X. From Windows you could use MediaFour's MacDrive software that enables Windows to read and write an OS X formatted drive.


    NTFS maintains the highest level of compatibility when moving files back and forth.