FAT32 to Mac

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by P.C. Ford, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. P.C. Ford

    P.C. Ford Guest

    I understand that Macs can read FAT32 drives. I'm on a pc. Can I put
    clips for my editor on a FAT32 formatted external hard drive and
    expect his mac to read it.

    I understand about the 4GB limit.
    P.C. Ford, Sep 18, 2008
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  2. P.C. Ford

    Smarty Guest

    Assuming his Mac has any recent vintage OSX (Tiger, Leopard) you will be
    fine. Earlier Mac OS did not support direct mounting of FAT32 volumes.

    Smarty, Sep 18, 2008
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  3. P.C. Ford

    P.C. Ford Guest

    Good that was my understanding.
    P.C. Ford, Sep 18, 2008
  4. P.C. Ford

    Ma3rk Guest

    I'm a PC person as well but have a MacPro in the mix, primarily running
    XP Pro.

    Besides Mac formatted external drives of course, Macs can read and Write
    to FAT32 formatted Windows partition and external drives. They can Read
    Only NTFS local and external drives, but oddly enough will Read and
    Write to NTFS volumes on a Windows network.

    Mac's don't understand software striped NTFS RAID drives on a Windows
    partition either as would be expected, but will (supposedly) if they're
    on a hardware controller. I haven't made that investment yet as haven't
    had the need to share assets across platforms. If I ever jump into
    Final Cut, then I'll go ahead and do that. I periodically have need to
    transfer media from ProTools sessions, so boot into Leopard and it
    mounts the drives just fine.

    Ma3rk, Sep 18, 2008
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