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Hey All,

 

I am looking to get a portable hard drive for someone for christmas. the problem i am having is that she uses both Apple and Microsoft products and i believe that would be a problem when using a portable hard drive. i know there are portables for mac and portables for windows, but are there any portable hard drives that would service both Macs and Windows desktops??? i think if you formatted the drive to fat32 it would work but then the files would be limited to 4gb and she deals with big files so that wouldn't work out???

 

if there isn't another way to fix it, is it possible to use a USB flash drive? that could work or no??? because if that works i could just buy a high capacity one but the portable hard drive would be much more efficient and spacious.

 

thanks for any and all help! 

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All USB 3 portable drives will support both OSX and Mac, if formatted to ExFat or NTFS (and installing NTFS drivers for OSX) or HFS (and installing HFS drivers on Windows).

 

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/

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**not an apple user**

 

Could you try and partition the HDD and get the best of both worlds?

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As a mac and windows user, I deal with this by partitioning the HDD into two parts (OSX Extended and NTFS). Then I have a Mac run in bootcamp so it has the drivers to read off both formats.

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WD's My Passport hard drives work on both sides, i have one myself. Formatting it to fat32 would be hard because you have to find 3rd party software to do it. 

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Like ALwin mentioned above, the only restriction here is how your format the drive. You can buy whatever external hard drive you'd like. Fat32 will have read/write access on both MacOS and Windows. If you need files sizes bigger than 4GB, exFat is the way to go. It removes the file size limit (effectively) and still maintains read/write access on mac and PC.

 

Alternatively, you can format 2 separate partition on the drive.

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WD's My Passport hard drives work on both sides, i have one myself. Formatting it to fat32 would be hard because you have to find 3rd party software to do it. 

 

Both Windows and OSX can format drives to Fat32 easily.

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**not an apple user**

 

Could you try and partition the HDD and get the best of both worlds?

That would effectively "cut" the drive in half. Only the Mac partition would show up on mac, and PC partition on PC.

 

I just did this and formatted my drive to ExFat. Yes, the limitation is a 4gb file which screws me for some .iso files I have, but the drive will work seamlessly over Mac/PC. I have both.

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Like ALwin mentioned above, the only restriction here is how your format the drive. You can buy whatever external hard drive you'd like. Fat32 will have read/write access on both MacOS and Windows. If you need files sizes bigger than 4GB, exFat is the way to go. It removes the file size limit (effectively) and still maintains read/write access on mac and PC.

 

Alternatively, you can format 2 separate partition on the drive.

 

 

if I reformatted the drive to use exFat, would that have any repercussions with the files themselves?

 

also, how could i reformat a portable hard drive to expat? could i just plug it into m windows pc and reformat it that easy?

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if I reformatted the drive to use exFat, would that have any repercussions with the files themselves?

 

also, how could i reformat a portable hard drive to expat? could i just plug it into m windows pc and reformat it that easy?

Nope, no issues with your files for using this formatting type. And yeah, it's really that easy to reformat the drive. Here's a MS support link if you need help with it: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-format-hard-disk-partition#create-format-hard-disk-partition=windows-7

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Both Windows and OSX can format drives to Fat32 easily.

 

not to the full size of the drive, windows will only do partitions. 

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