4th December 2019

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Is MS DOS FAT compatible with Windows?

Formatting a Drive for Mac OS X & Windows PC Compatibility. Connect the drive you wish to format for dual compatibility to the Mac. Click the drive name on the left side list in Disk Utility, and then click the “Erase” tab. Click the pulldown menu alongside “Format” and select “MS-DOS (FAT)”

Also asked, what is MS DOS FAT 32?

If you absolutely, positively will only be working with Macs and no other system, ever: Use Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you need to transfer files larger than 4 GB between Macs and PCs: Use exFAT. In all other cases: Use MS-DOS (FAT), aka FAT32.

Can fat32 be read on Windows?

Windows' default NTFS is read-only on OS X, not read-and-write, and Windows computers can't even read Mac-formatted HFS+ drives. FAT32 works for both OSes, but has a 4GB size limit per file, so it isn't ideal.

Can exFAT be used on Mac and PC?

Most WD Drives come formatted in the NTFS (Windows) or HFS+ (Mac) format. For a hard drive to be able to be read and written to in both a PC and Mac computer, it must be formatted to ExFAT or FAT32 file format. FAT32 has several limitations, including a 4 GB per-file limit.
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