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hi sorry the title is a bit confusing. iv bought my sister a 128gb USB stick for xmas and I'm putting some stuff on there for her. my question is - i am using a macbook, but she will be using the us… Read More
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
hi sorry the title is a bit confusing. iv bought my sister a 128gb USB stick for xmas and I'm putting some stuff on there for her.
my question is - i am using a macbook, but she will be using the usb on a windows laptop. do i format it before i put anything on, or just drag the stuff over and not bother formatting because it isn't gonna be used on my mac? i know even now it may be a bit vague what I'm after but hopefully someone knows what I'm on about!
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
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It will come pre formatted for PC, the Macbook will read and write to it no problem as will any PC. So leave as is and you will be fine.

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#1
Formatting creates a file system, you can't put files on the stick if it's unformatted.

If it came ready formatted then I wouldn't re-format it as it's likely to be in a format Windows can read (exFAT maybe) unless it was specifically marketed at Mac OS users.

Edited By: EndlessWaves on Dec 17, 2014 12:14
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It will come pre formatted for PC, the Macbook will read and write to it no problem as will any PC. So leave as is and you will be fine.
#3
I would reformat as Mac and PC with Disc Utility.
#4
Fat32 (4gb file limit) or exfat. Ntfs is read only on mac. Os x journaled is Mac only
#5
Thanks for all your help everyone and the easy to understand explanations. I'll leave it as it is, thanks again.

Edited By: francodevil on Dec 17, 2014 12:27
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There is a program called MacDrive http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive

Runs in the tray of your Windows desktop.

Very good, but you have to buy it or ...
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DennisG
Fat32 (4gb file limit) or exfat. Ntfs is read only on mac. Os x journaled is Mac only

For future ref, Mac's will indeed write to a NTFS drive, but you need to enable this 'feature'. Here's a link that explains the simple process. I did this so I could share my WD Passport drive between my Win laptop and my Macbook.

http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-how-to-write-to-ntfs-drives-in-os-x-mavericks--cms-21434

Edit: Works on Yosemite too.

Edited By: Tony68k on Dec 17, 2014 17:55
#8
cheers. will keep that tip in mind if I ever have to use that format!
#9
Also something to be aware of is that if you delete any of the files on the USB drive on the Mac, it will store them in the trashcan folder on the USB drive which can lead to the drive being full, even when you think it isn't. The solution is to empty the trashcan prior to ejecting the USB drive.
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crg52
Also something to be aware of is that if you delete any of the files on the USB drive on the Mac, it will store them in the trashcan folder on the USB drive which can lead to the drive being full, even when you think it isn't. The solution is to empty the trashcan prior to ejecting the USB drive.

Forgot about that. Can you get to the trash can on a PC or do you need the Mac for that?
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Tony68k
crg52
Also something to be aware of is that if you delete any of the files on the USB drive on the Mac, it will store them in the trashcan folder on the USB drive which can lead to the drive being full, even when you think it isn't. The solution is to empty the trashcan prior to ejecting the USB drive.

Forgot about that. Can you get to the trash can on a PC or do you need the Mac for that?

It's a hidden folder on the USB drive. If you show hidden folders, you can delete the entire folder in windows.

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