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Format USB Stick Can Use on Mac and Windows Simultaneously

Posted Sep 11 2013 3:41am

Have you ever encountered that your USB stick can use well on Windows, but cannot be read or write on Mac computer? Well, because of most 99% of USB stick use NTFS file system, this file system is default file system of Windows, but it cannot be read or write on Mac system. If you want your USB stick can be use on both Mac and Windows simultaneously, you need format the USB drive as a file system that can be distinguished by Mac and Windows, FAT32 is such file system. Therefore, we only need to format the device as FAT32 to solve this problem. Here is the article showing you how to format USB stick as FAT32 file system, and then you can use the USB drive on both Mac and Windows simultaneously.

Step 1: Connect USB stick to Mac computer, open Disk Utility.

Step 2: Select your USB stick from the left side of Disk Utility.

Step 3: Choose Erase tab from the right, it is equivalent to the formatting action under Windows.

Step 4: Click erase, after the operation is completed, USB disk was formatted as FAT32 format, and it can read and write on both the Mac and Windows PC.

FAT32 is the most widely recognized and most user-friendly file system format so far. However, FAT32 also has a very fatal flaw is that this format cannot supported to store in a single file larger than 4GB, so it is impossible to store high-definition movies in this format. If you need to store individual files larger than 4GB, you can choose to format the device as exFAT file system, but this file system is not so good compatibility for some older systems, and it is also very very slow in some USB drive. So, for general use, FAT32 USB file system is still preferred.

About author:
The author is blogger on Kvisoft.com. Kvisoft Data Recovery for MAC is recover files mac software specially developed for Mac OS. It is also good USB recovery software, you can also use it to recover lost and deleted files from formatted or damaged hard drive as well as from external hard drives, Flash drive, memory card, memory stick, mobile phones, digital cameras, iPods, Android and other media storage devices.

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