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Making my external HD play nice with windows AND mac osx

lunarislunaris Registered User regular
Thread title is pretty self explanatory. I got a new 500gb external hd and I'm wondering how to format it so that both systems can access the same files. I currently have a FAT partition for the windows side with some games installed on it and the other partition is a "mac os journaled" format. I don't see NTFS format possibilities with mac's disk utility -- is that the format I want? I'd like to have my music on the external and have both systems able to access it as well as have programs for windows installed. Any help is great, thanks.

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    AriviaArivia I Like A Challenge Earth-1Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    If you're using Snow Leopard and have the Windows installation on the same computer done with Boot Camp, Journaled HFS+ is your best option by far.

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    RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    How "official" would you like to be? You could format the whole drive as NTFS (from windows), and then install NTFS-3G on your Mac to give it read & write support for NTFS. Likewise, there are programs for Windows that let you read and write HFS+ (i.e. Mac OS Extended) partitions. If neither of those choices are appealing to you then I think your only choices for read & write support from both Windows and OSX is FAT32 on the whole drive.

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    elliotw2elliotw2 Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    FAT32 is the way to go.

    OSX doesn't come with NTFS reading software out of the box?

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    DHS OdiumDHS Odium Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    elliotw2 wrote: »
    FAT32 is the way to go.

    OSX doesn't come with NTFS reading software out of the box?

    Reading, yes. Writing, no.

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