Recently I have come to many scenarios where I need to transport and share a lot of large files among platforms – Windows, Mac, and XBOX 360. While the latest Mac OS X can read NTFS flawlessly, but it is read only. Ironically, XBOX 360, a product of Microsoft, cannot even read NTFS.
So I have found the common ground would be the good old FAT32. Soon I realize Windows only allows up to 32GB FAT32 partition creation, and XBOX can only the first partition!
With a little google search, I have found the solution on Mac OS X:
- Open Disk Utility. Find the disk in the list that you want to format, control-click and select “Information”. You’re looking for the “Disk Identifier,” which should be something like disk1, disk2, disk3 etc.
- Create the DOS partition table. Open Terminal and type fdisk -e /dev/rdisk#, where # is the disk number you got from step one. Now type auto dos to create one big FAT32 partition. Finally, type write and then quit to save the new partition table.
- Format the FAT32 partition. Type newfs_msdos -F 32 -v “MyVolumeName” /dev/rdisk#s1, where # is the disk number you got in step one. This will format the drive as FAT32.
- Check if the volume is mounted. If it isn’t, close and reopen Disk Utility, select “MyVolumeName” and choose File -> Mount.”