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If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: Microman
Date: February 17, 2017 11:09AM
I am a Mac Person, but want to copy the Data File for the church Quickbooks file, so that there is a backup. Not sure what the OS is on the PC, but is there an option on the MacBook Pro, that will format the USB drive to be recognizable on the PC? Would it be MS DOS Fat??
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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: Forrest
Date: February 17, 2017 11:17AM
FAT formatted partition will work. Maximum file size is 2 GB.
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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: mikebw
Date: February 17, 2017 11:18AM
MS-DOS (FAT)
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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: mikebw
Date: February 17, 2017 11:19AM
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Forrest
FAT formatted partition will work. Maximum file size is 2 GB.

I thought we had switched to FAT32 which goes up to 4GB ?
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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 17, 2017 11:30AM
Put it in dropbox?

Forever saved/backed up to the cloud, and can be accessed anywhere from any computer, phone or tablet.



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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 17, 2017 11:38AM
....FAT or plus sized models......



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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: February 17, 2017 11:39AM
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jdc
Put it in dropbox?

Forever saved/backed up to the cloud, and can be accessed anywhere from any computer, phone or tablet.

This is more flexible for almost everything but slower for very large files.

FAT32 is platform agnostic.
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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 17, 2017 11:47AM
Whats "very large"? 100 MB?

I cant imagine a QB file being that big... but the size of the file is irrelevant for backup to dropbox.

Im not sure what you mean by "slower" -- do you mean slower to backup? or slower to work on? or slower to access?



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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 17, 2017 12:39PM
FAT32.



It is what it is.
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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: February 17, 2017 01:29PM
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jdc
Whats "very large"? 100 MB?

I cant imagine a QB file being that big... but the size of the file is irrelevant for backup to dropbox.

Im not sure what you mean by "slower" -- do you mean slower to backup? or slower to work on? or slower to access?

Over 100MB (even over 20MB) I find Dropbox to be annoying when uploading from home as our uploads are only 1.5Mb/s. At work, Dropbox pretty much wins whatever the file size unless I want a portable copy to use immediately, wherever. Then it's my 128GB FAT32 flash drive.
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Re: If I want to copy a file off a PC, how should I format the USB drive
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 17, 2017 02:14PM
But with this application, thats only a one time thing. Dropbox is smart enough to only update what has changed, so if you have a 200 page file and only change one, it only updates the one.

Not sure how that may apply to a QB file, but as an fwiw.

The file is native to whatever computer its on, so opening/saving is instant -- but then it just takes a xxxx time to update on dropbox. And if its only updating one entry = seconds to save?



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