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    Default Macs, external hard-drives and large files

    What's the best way to go about formatting an external-hard drive to deal with large (HD) video files on a Mac?

    It's already formatted in Fat 32, but Swoopie over in General Software helpfully pointed out that doesn't accept large files. Do I have to buy the NTFS compatibility software? Is there another option?

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    Why don't you format it with the regular Mac OS Extended (journalled is optional) ? This gives you native Mac OS support and large file support. All my external drives are formatted like this.

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    Yup David's right OS Extended is the way to go, NTFS is for PC Fat 32 is useful if you have a drive that you switch between Mac & PC

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