Need to format hard drive to exFAT In general, it is necessary to change a hard drive to exFAT file system in Windows 10/8/7 under the cases listed below: Case 1: “I have got a 1TB external hard drive and it has been formatted with NTFS file system. I want to transfer some files between my PC to my friend’s Mac. But when I tried to put certain file on the Mac, I failed to copy the file from the external hard drive to the local drive on Mac”.
Mar 22, 2012 - The best ways to format an external drive for Windows and Mac. FAT32 (File Allocation Table) - Natively read/write FAT32 on Windows and Mac OS X. - Maximum file size: 4GB. NTFS (Windows NT File System) - Natively read/write NTFS on Windows. - Read-only NTFS on Mac OS X. HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, aka Mac OS.
Case 2: “I have one hard drive used for PS4. When I connected the FAT32 hard drive to my working computer running Windows 10 and tried to copy one large file to it, I was told that the file is too large to copy for the destination file system”. In Case 1, the hard drive is NTFS file system. It can be fully supported by Windows systems and read-only supported by Mac OS.
If you need to make the external hard drive be compatible with Window and Mac, you need to format hard drive to exFAT or FAT32. In Case 2, the hard drive is formatted with FAT32. The hard drive with FAT32 file system is unable to store large file beyond 4GB. If you insist to move the file to the hard drive, you need to format it to NTFS or exFAT. And because the hard drive is used for PS4 and NTFS is not compatible with PS4, you have to change the file system of the hard drive to exFAT. All in all, considering compatibility and file size limit, exFAT is the most suitable file system for hard drive in the two cases above.
Format external hard drive to exFAT using Disk Management You can easily change an external hard drive to exFAT file system via by following the steps listed below (supposed the operating system is Windows 10): 1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer and make sure that it can be detected by Windows. Press Windows + X at the same time and choose “Disk Management”.
Right click the hard drive partition that you intend to format to exFAT and choose “Delete Volume” to delete the partition. Right click the unallocated disk space and choose “New simple volume” and do as the prompts.
In the Format Partition window, set the file system as exFAT and click “Next”>“Finish” to start the operation. Format internal hard drive partition to exFAT via Diskpart utility Sometimes, you need to format internal hard drive partition to exFAT and find out that the option of exFAT will be unavailable even in the Format Partition window during the process of creating new simple after deleting the partition that you need to format to exFAT.