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Re: Best Format for USB Stick, for swapping Windows and Mac?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:48 am
by Kathi F Elder
If you expect to transfer files between a Windows computer and a Mac, you should decide on either FAT32 or exFAT.
Step 1: Plug the flash drive into the USB port.
Step 2: Launch a Finder window.
Step 3: Run Disk Utility.
Step 4. Choose a format for your flash drive.
Step 5. Format your flash drive.
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Re: Best Format for USB Stick, for swapping Windows and Mac?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:29 am
by FrankRaz
Personally I wouldn't use a big drive with exFAT. I used to have a 3TB exFAT formatted drive that I used to use between Mac and PC. It was all fine when I was alternating between the two regularly but if I used it for a long period on PC only, the next time I used it with Mac it would take ages to mount. One day it wouldn't mount. I tried it with a PC and it was fine so I plugged it into the Mac again and left it. There was nothing wrong with it, it just took an hour to mount. Nowadays I use a couple of 500GB drives and use them as go betweens only, trying not to keep anything on them permanently and I've not had a problem since.