can i transfer video files larger than 10 gigs from a mac to a pc using this drive
- Asked by Ben K from Cincinnati
- Feb 3, 2010
Western Digital My Book for Mac
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3 Answers from the Community
Any drive can be formatted as one of 3 main file system options:
(a) FAT32 (MS-DOS) - Windows older format.
(b) NTFS - Windows newer format.
(c) HFS+ (Mac OS Extended, Journaled) - Mac format.
On any Mac, by using Disk Utility app, any drive can be formatted for either (a) or (c). Using a Window machine you can format a drive for (a) or (b).
File size issue:
- FAT32 is limited to 4GB max file size.
- NTFS or HFS+ can have files larger than 4GB.
- Mac OS X can only read NTFS, not write.
- Windows cannot read or write HFS+.
- Mac & Windows can read/write FAT32 (but with the above file size limitation, very apparent given modern HD video or databases file sizes).
There are third-party programs for Mac OS X that add read/write capability for NTFS formatted drives. There are third party solutions for Windows that add read/write capability for HFS+.
If you live in a Mac dominated environ, use HFS+, If Windows, use NTFS. If never using such large files, use FAT32.
More specifically, in your case:
- if moving files one way, Mac to Windows; use HFS+.
- if moving files one way, Windows to Mac; use NTFS.
- if moving files both ways, use either.
But in ANY of these, you'll then have to use a third-party program, as mentioned.
...yes, it is a bit of a pain ;-)
- Answered by James S from Hove
- Jul 6, 2011
If you format the drive using your PC to NTFS format, you shouldn't have a problem with both computers recognizing the drive. It may depend on how old your mac is, but mine hasn't had a problem reading my external NTFS drive nor any problems writing files.
- Answered by Tyler B from Clayton
- Aug 10, 2010
You would have to format this Hard Drive for FAT or FAT32 file format (disk utilities, erase in your mac). Windows only reads NTFS files system and mac reads HFS+. So by formatting it to FAT32, it will allow both computer to read and write to this external hard drive.
- Answered by Billy A from West Orange
- May 6, 2010