Thanks so much for this very helpful and clear explanation. Format your hard drive, or every partition on it, using NTSF. There are different ways to do that. So you need to activate it:. Unmount your drive, then plug it back in. I tried using exFAT on a 32 gb USB drive and it worked on my mac and it worked on my pc but not on my philips smart tv.
This is a very useful article. One limitation is that it is not useful for Mac backups or for use as a Mac Boot Drive. This is complete crap. Thanks, pretty much well explained in a way. Appreciated your efforts!
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I want to transfer all the the files from my Windows formatted external hard to an exFat formatted external hard drive. Great advice, worked like a charm. I just used on 2TB flash drive that worked poorly on mac. Thank you so much for this easy to follow and understand explanation.
How to Format an External Drive to Work with Mac (from NTFS to Mac OS Extended)?
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Goldie June 13th, , PM. Marvin Weide July 4th, , AM. Randy Samberg July 13th, , AM. Stuart July 16th, , PM. Aby July 18th, , PM. Succesfully converted my hard drive to exFAT. Thanks a lot. Roger Watling July 19th, , PM. Tapan July 24th, , PM. Rachid July 25th, , AM. AH August 26th, , PM. What to do? John September 18th, , PM. Exfat is not reliable and stable. You will have issues down the road. Thomas Allbert September 30th, , PM.
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The best solution I found was: 1. So you need to activate it: 1. Now you can do whatever you want with it in Mac OS X. I hope this helps.