Portable Hard Drive Format

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I've got a little laptop hard drive, and I'm getting a case for it to make it a portable USB drive. My home computers are a Macbook with OS X Tiger (soon will be Leopard) and also a linux desktop, usually with either Fedora or Slackware. At work I have an XP computer, but my boss has been threatening me with Vista (ugh!) What file system should I format this hard drive with so it will be readable and writeable on all these computers?
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I don't think there is one that will work between MAC and PC. Does anyone know if I am wrong?
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FAT32.

If your Linux distro supports NTFS reading/writing, then use NTFS.
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will mac read fat 32 and NTFS?
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OS X can read and write FAT32. I can, as far as I know, only read from NTFS.

There's always this as well if you feel like trying to get write support for NTFS.
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I think I'll try that MacFuse and go with the NTFS. Thanks!
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What I did was create a three gig FAT32 and the rest NTFS. It will ensure that every computer will be able to save onto the fat partition and I can move files later to the NTFS drive through windows. Mac will be able to access and read the NTFS in any case just not write to it, so after opening a file in NTFS and editing you can save it in Fat and later move it to NTFS. I don't know if this is true but i remember reading that MacFuse isn't too stable and can cause data loss, which is why I save to the Fat when I'm in mac and then just move it when I'm in windows. What ever you do I don't think it'd be a bad idea to have both partitions just in case.
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kc0tma wrote:
I think I'll try that MacFuse and go with the NTFS. Thanks!

Good choice. That's what I use -- I am really happy with it.
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I don't know what will work on linux, but between Mac and PC, you'll want to go with FAT32.

One problem is that FAT32 only accommodates files up to 4gb, so if it's video or something like that forget it.

If you format on Mac as HFS+ Extended journaling and have a third party program like MacDrive- you can read and write HFS and HFS+ filesystems with Windows.

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