Quick Tips on Formatting Removable Drives
In this era of cross platform devices we also need our drives to be having read/write operations on max devices. Be it android, Linux, windows or mac.
Here are few Basic useful tips you need to know if you use Computers and don’t live in a cave then at some point you would have formatted any removable drives such as pen-drives, memory cards etc. and while formatting you surely would have faced a list of File Systems likes: FAT, FAT32, exFAT etc.
So what do they mean??? And why should we care??
Lets Discuss about some Common problems you would have faced once in a while.
Problem 1: I am Having Windows PC, my Friend has MAC and we can’t share files via removable drives.
Problem 2: I am unable to transfer Game or any File of size more than 4 GB and got some error prompt saying “File too large“.
This generally happens when the file size you are copying to the removable drive is more than 4 GB and the File System is either FAT32 or NTFS.
So what to do???
Here Come’s exFAT File system into play. This File system is cross platform and can be used flawlessly between Windows and MAC and even with some limitations on Linux and android.
By Using exFAT partition we can transfer files of more than 4GB’s and enjoy much flexible cross platform file access.
So the solution to above stated problems is to always make your removable drives are formatted to exFAT file format.
This can be easily done by right clicking on the removable drive and clicking on format options and then select File system as exFat.
goto “Disk Utility” and then select your removable drive and then under Erase option select “exFAT” File System from the Drop down List and hit erase.
That’s it you are done.
So no more 4GB max file size Barriers. And you can use these drives on Mac, windows and even on Androids.
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