What is the best file system to work with both Windows and Mac?

ben January 6, 2012
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why do you not recommend exFAT as a format for those who use both Mac and Windows? It has been very easy for me, using Snow Leopard and Windows 7 Professional.

  1. VictorGeis
    August 28, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I would suggest formatting NTFS and then installing a NTFS driver on your Mac. This way you avoid any limitations on FAT32 and exFAT. However, if you go to a Mac without NTFS on it, you will only see the files as read-only.

  2. Anonymous
    January 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    FAT32 should do the trick unless everyone else opted for exFAT

  3. FIDELIS
    January 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Hello, the only reason is that exFAT is not well supported yet.  FAT32 is.

  4. Jeff Fabish
    January 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    No, exFAT is still only widely supported on Microsoft Platforms. I suggest you stick with FAT32.