Fat32 vs. exFat

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  1. Lon

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    I want my iTunes Library to be accessible by iTunes on both Windows 7 and OSX Lion - both on my Mac mini. It looks like the best option is to store the library on an external drive. It looks like I will have to format the drive to read/write from both formats. My current external drive is NTFS, so it won't work. Are most external drives able to be formatted before using. Do people recommend Fat32 or exFat when trying to use on both platforms?
     
  2. Lon

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    Okie Doke, then. After 149 views, I thought I might bump this to see if anyone has any experience with these 2 formats.
     
  3. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    I've always used FAT32.
     
  4. iP5

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    Is exFAT natively supported on the Windows side?

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  5. Lon

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    Yes, I understand Windows 7 can read and write. I get the impression it doesn't have the file size limitation that FAT32 does, though it is not compatible with some of the older Windows operation systems.
     
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    all hard drives can be formatted to whatever the software you are running can format it to. As far as I know, there are no format-specific hard drives.

    either should work fine. fat32 can't hold files larger than 4GB, so you may have problems with it if you need to store HD movies. From what I understand about exFAT, it can be more prone to data loss if disconnected improperly, so be careful with that.
     
  8. iP5

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    Small correction I think. Isn't the 4GB limit the volume limit, not a file size limit?

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  9. acosmichippo

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    no, FAT32 volumes can be up to 2TB, I think. But 4GB is definitely the file size limit.
     
  10. Lon

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    Thanks. I'll have to research that a bit further.
     
  11. iP5

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    I could swear I've had friends get some software or a plugin to make OS X work with an NTFS volume.
     
  12. Lon

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    There is some to let Windows read/write to Mac. Can't remember the name but it was kind of spendy.
     

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