External drive for use on XP & OSX...

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  1. verbal

    verbal Active Member

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    I recently bought an external drive that I plan on using for music and a few other things. I'd like to be able to use it on my home XP machine and my powerbook. What filesystem should I format it with?

    It's a 200 gig drive. I would **REALLY** like to be able to keep the drive as one drive, not partitioned.

    Thanks.
     
  2. rpark

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    fat shit
     
  4. verbal

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    If I format it fat or fat32, won't I have to partition it?

    Would I be better off formating it on the mac or XP machine?
     
  5. rpark

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    fat/32 will read/write on both os.

    NTFS can only be read on the Mac.. won't write. and windows wont do anything thats not FAT, FAT32 or NTFS.

    edit: grammar.
     
  6. verbal

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    I get that. My main concern is partitioning. I want it to be one 200gig drive. I really don't want 6 partitions or whatever.
     
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    okay... sorry i assumed you knew a about computers...

    Just make one partition using FAT32 and that will be accessable by both your Mac and PC.
     
  8. verbal

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    Uhh...I do know about computers, they've been my career for the past 8 years.

    XP only supports 32 gig FAT32 partitions. I just verified that on Microsoft's knowledge base. I don't think that has changed, but I'm trying to find out before I waste my time with it.
     
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    untoastytoast The Glory Days

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    how do you format a hard drive to fat32 that's more than 32 gigs from a windows computer?
     
  10. Rev. Johnny Vegas

    Rev. Johnny Vegas Rectal Ventriloquist

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    You use NTFS instead of FAT32.
     
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    untoastytoast The Glory Days

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    my powerbook can't read/write to ntfs though, thats why i want to format it to fat32.
     
  12. turbo91

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    You don't. Download a bootable Linux installation CD and use the fdisk/FAT32 formatting utility. FAT32 supports drives up to 2TB in size--Microsoft purposely limited the format size in Windows to force people to use NTFS.
     
  13. verbal

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    So if I use a linux disc, which I'm not sure if I can just boot to it and format a USB2 or firewire drive, I could format the 200 gigs AND still be able to use it in XP even though it's 200 gigs?
     
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    Yeah. I'm not sure which Linux distributions support mass storage during installation. Try Slackware 10.1 ... Windows has no problem reading FAT32 drives of any size, it's just crippled regarding how big of a partition it will format.
     
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    colosodian Next Gen

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    Did you get it working? Im about to do the same thing. Ive been reading the microsfot support documents, and think ive found a way to create a fat32 partition larger than 32GB.
     
  16. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    wow... that is fucking gay :riaa:

    excellent information though, good post :bigthumb: you're the man now, dog
     

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