Solved external drive sharing between mac and pc

October 9, 2017 at 10:10:27
Specs: Windows 10
Howdy, PC user for ever. Have thousands of pictures and video of my kids for the past 19 years and would like to give them each a drive containing this content, they are Mac users. If I format the drive to fat32 the file sizes are limited yes? Partitioning is of no help as they would only be able to see the Mac partition and the PC partition would hold all the files, is this also correct? Entirely too much content for Dropbox and the like I assume.
Is there a smart way to do this? Probably easier to buy them both PC's.

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October 9, 2017 at 12:26:39
If you give them drives formatted as ntfs then they can be accessed using Paragon's ntfs reader. I think there is both a freebie version and a paid for version.

And there are others too, and can be found via a google trawl.

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October 9, 2017 at 19:47:48
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Fat 32 limits the file size to 2 gigabytes. This would not be an issue, no consumer/professional camera sold to the general public would even come close to that size. My Canon with a 30 megapixel sensor only produces a file size of around 25 megapixels on a RAW setting.

You should look at either online storage or DVD. Blu-Ray DVD would probably best suite your needs if their Macs can read a Blu-Ray disc. Blu-Ray can store 25 gigs of files, a standard DVD can store about 4.3 gigs, dual layer can store almost double that. Jpg is the most common file format for pictures, you can put thousands of pictures on DVD. Keep in mind that most DVD players sold these days (that connects to a TV) read Blu-Ray discs and can display jpg files. They could enjoy watching your photos on a large screen TV as well as a computer if it supported a Blu-Ray disc.

If their Macs don't have a Blu-Ray DVD player, you can purchase external USB players for around $50. Much cheaper then buying them a whole new Windows computer.

One more thing to think about. DVD discs, when handled properly are theoretically more stable than a hard drive.

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October 10, 2017 at 02:52:13
THX makes a good pont re' using DVD-DL...

It would be wise to make two sets of DVDs regardless; DVDs can easily be broken, scratched etc.. Store one set in one location, and the other in another. Similarly give two sets to each of your kids, and advise them to store as above.

Having two different storage media to, e.g. an SSD and the DVD sets as above, is even more secure storage; as the likelyhood of losing both types of media at the same time, and if each is stord separately, is obviously reduced.

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October 10, 2017 at 05:17:55
Thank you kind people! two good solutions

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October 10, 2017 at 05:42:04
FAT32 limits your files to under 4GB. Unless you're handling uncompressed video, it's unlikely you'll exceed that limit. The real limit is Microsoft's imposed 32GB per drive limit, but there are a number of free tools online that'll let you format a drive up beyond that point. Possibly up to the 8TB limit. I haven't used any of them, so I cannot provide a recommendation.

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