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Format flash drive
Posted by: clyde
Date: November 28, 2018 02:46PM
so it will be Windows- and Mac-accessible?

Used Mac-OS Journaled. Windows cannot open it… My Mac uses OS 10.13.

What format should the flash drive have?
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: Bixby
Date: November 28, 2018 02:52PM
FAT
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: PeterW
Date: November 28, 2018 02:53PM
Or ex-FAT
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: p8712
Date: November 28, 2018 02:56PM
FAT will not allow files larger than 4 gigs, if that's gonna be a problem, use exFAT.
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 28, 2018 03:01PM
But be aware that older versions of Windows don't play with exFAT.
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 28, 2018 03:06PM
It just works!



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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: November 28, 2018 03:10PM
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mikebw
But be aware that older versions of Windows don't play with exFAT.

Many "smart" devices that accept USB media also are limited to FAT32 (which I assume is what others are recommending when they say "FAT"). I recently encountered a "smart" TV that is supposed to be able to play media off of a USB flash drive, but the exFAT drive was invisible to it. (This was the default factory formatting for the drive.)
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 28, 2018 06:51PM
Mac and PC only? ExFAT.
Mac, PC and other devices? FAT32.
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 28, 2018 07:17PM
I tried Mac-OS Journaled on one for my wife's car to play music and it didn't work correctly. I'm going to have to get my son to format on his Windows computer to FAT32. Tried ExFAT and that didn't work either.



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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 28, 2018 07:18PM
Grateful11, yeah Fat32 for car media systems. And use Hidden Cleaner on the media before trying it in the car. No need for Winbloz, Disk Utility does Fat32 format just set Partition to MBR.
ExFAT = Mac OS X 10.6.5 and up.

Many current devices like dash cams use FAT32 and record video in small 4GB chunks. This is done in the belief(?) many consumers will use SDHC cards smaller than 32GB. Ironically most of those cheap sub-32GB cards are not durable enough for dash cams, GoPro, nor drones.



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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2018 07:29PM by MrNoBody.
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: digby
Date: November 28, 2018 08:05PM
FAT32 just to bullet-proof it. Whenever I hand a drive to a client, I live in fear of the "I can't open this!" phone call. Got one of those once, and found out the client was using a vintage Windows box from the dawn of the dinosaurs (3.1 or something...).

And they act like YOU should have "fixed it" before you gave it to them...
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Re: Format flash drive
Posted by: tenders
Date: November 29, 2018 08:05AM
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Grateful11
I tried Mac-OS Journaled on one for my wife's car to play music and it didn't work correctly. I'm going to have to get my son to format on his Windows computer to FAT32. Tried ExFAT and that didn't work either.

Absolutely not necessary to go to a Windows machine for this - Disk Utility will do this perfectly on the Mac.
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