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We are converting from a PC to an iMac. We backed up all files to the flash drive which is a NTFS format. I soon discovered the MAC is not compatible with it and I cannot transfer my files. It seems that I need to erase and re-format the flash drive FAT according to blogs. Please confirm this is the process and if so do we then connect the re-formatted drive to the PC and perform the back-up again and will the PC be able to transfer files to the external drive under a FAT format?

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The MAC can read PC formatted USB flash drives BUT the USB flash drive MUST be formatted in FAT32 not NTFS.
I have a MAC and I also transfer photos from my PC to my daughter's MAC notebook.
You can also transfer files from the MAC to the PC using these FAT32 formatted USB flash drives.

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