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Old Jimma
August 19th, 2011, 01:40 AM
Hi Community:

I need to buy an external HD that can be used by a Mac laptop, and XP machine, and my beloved Ubuntu machines.

How should I format the HD so it can be read by all machines?

Thanks!
Phil Smith de Duluthistan, GA

scottstensland
August 19th, 2011, 01:46 AM
checkout SOLUTION at

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=870314

elgordodude
August 19th, 2011, 01:50 AM
Personally I prefer FAT32 to move between my windows and linux machines, not much experience doing this with mac, but I'm sure it's supported. A few limitations on it, generally it only supports up to 2 TB drives, and it only supports a file size of up to 4 gigs, so if you're storing blurays, it's not for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table

Old Jimma
August 19th, 2011, 02:34 AM
Hi Ubuntuites and Ubuntuesses:

Thank you for your replies.

When I get the drive, I'm gonna see if it works with all machines out of the box.

If it doesn't, I guess I'll try EXT3.

BTW, I didn't understand the discussion about cutting, pasting, typing URLS. I'm pretty sure this wasn't relevant to my query, was it? Well, could be.

No out of bounds in Narwhal World, I guess.

Phil Smith de Duluthistan, GA

uRock
August 19th, 2011, 03:08 AM
BTW, I didn't understand the discussion about cutting, pasting, typing URLS. I'm pretty sure this wasn't relevant to my query, was it? Well, could be.

Deleted off topic comments for you.

Personally, I prefer to keep my externals formatted to NTFS.