What’s the best way to format a drive for Windows and Mac compatiblity?

Sanjana Manaktala March 6, 2012
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I have a large amount of data (less than 4gb per file) that I need to transfer from my Mac for use on a Windows 7 laptop, and (only if possible without incredible complications) a Windows XP 32 bit PC.

What is the most stable way to partition or format my 500 GB external HD to achieve this? Will Windows recognize a FAT32 drive larger than 32GB? I know it’s unstable for large HD sizes, but is it a risk I can afford to take, specially if I have no other option?

Full ExFAT, losing compatibility with the XP 32-bit PC, seems to be the best option to me as of now, but I’m hoping for more advice.

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