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In Windows, go to Computer, right click on the drive you want to format, click format and change file system to FAT32.

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SOURCE: Format harddrive for PC and mac, other than FAT32

There is know way to do this but there is a way to read it on both. have it formatted in fat 32 and have all your files on there then install a windows vertuel box on your mac presumably dos box

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DISCLAIMER: REFORMATTING AND/OR FORMATTING WILL ERASE EVERYTHING THAT IS ON THE HARD DRIVE. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT BACKED UP.

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Greetings.

files bigger than 4 gigs cannot be save on fat32 drives. NTFS file system is capable of saving files bigger than 4 gigs.

The MAC - to PC did nothing to change it. It did not change while she look it at her pc.

If u want to be able to copy files bigger than 4 gigs to your drive, change the format to ntfs.


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