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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

How to make your pendrive compatible with Mac and Windows

Surely you have ever encountered a user that comes with a pendrive that is formatted in NTFS and you can not copy anything because the operating system of your Mac does not support the writing of NTFS ...

So today we are going to show you that there is an alternative format, the evolution of FAT32: exFAT . It is cross-platform and any operating system supports it. Also, it does not have the limit per file of 4 GB.

If you have had any kind of problem related to your pendrive and you want it to be compatible with both macOS and Windows , this article will interest you. We will guide you through a complete tutorial full of great details. We start?

The first steps with your pendrive in macOS
Mac users are faced with a problem that has always been a problem, that sooner or later we have to suffer. Living with users who use Windows is a fact, and although our Mac is very well developed between different environments with a high degree of compatibility , with the famous pendrive is not all so rosy.

Leaving aside the typical friend who passes the USB stick full of viruses and you laugh at him because you can see them on your Mac and above this is immune to them , comes the other case in which the typical arrives ready with the formatted flash drive in NTFS and you hit the surprise of the century. Yes, your Mac can read the pendrive, but can not write it.

This is because macOS High Sierra reads the NTFS format but does not support writing . It is true that there are applications that enable the writing of NTFS in the App Store of macOS, such as OS X Fuse , which is free; Paragon NTFS , which is worth $ 19.95 or Tuxera NTFS that is worth 25 euros.

The most generic solution we all know is that the pendrives are formatted in FAT32, which for most of the cases is more than enough, and it is a standard format that any operating system can read. The problem with FAT32 comes with the file size limit , since it will not support files larger than 4 GB. That is why the regulars to pass series and movies in HD by pendrives format them in NTFS, which eliminates this size restriction, but makes them useless in macOS or Linux environments.

The limitations of the FAT32

Well, there is an alternative to all these applications and the FAT32. Actually NTFS is not a good alternative because it is not a file system designed for small flash storage units, but it is designed to manage the file system of a complete operating system , such as Windows.

Because of this problem, Microsoft created the evolution of the FAT32 and made it free, able to be implemented by any platform. It is called exFAT and it is compatible from Windows XP Service Pack 2 and from OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard (and later versions). In addition, the grace is that in addition to being cross-platform, does not have the limit of 4 GB files.

To have so advantageous is not at all extended. In fact I was unaware of its existence until recently, but now my pendrive are all formatted in exFAT. Next, we'll show you how you can do it with yours.

Formatting the pendrive in exFAT in macOS

Let's go into matter. Then we will dictate a series of very simple steps to format your pendrive in exFAT format . It is very simple. To format our pendrive in exFAT from macOS, we will have to go to Disk Utility, and from here follow the following steps:

1. Select your unit in the left bar.

2. Go to the Delete tab.

3. Click on Format and on the floating menu that appears click on exFAT.

4. Click on the Delete ... button and proceed to format the information.

Formatting the pendrive in exFAT in Windows
On the other hand, if we are in Windows, we should follow these steps:

1. Let's go to Windows Explorer.

2. Right click on our pendrive and click on Format.

3. In the window that appears, in File System, click on exFAT.

4. Click on Start, and proceed to format the pendrive.

With this method we will forget forever about complications in taking our files from one computer to another. It supports bigger files and the pendrive will go somewhat faster, since the management is much better . The problem comes in that we have to accustom the people of our environment to move to exFAT, otherwise it will not do us any good. Although with the advantages it brings, surely few dare to say no.

However, if you never think about passing large files and use the pendrive to take the jobs of the university or files to print in reprography, better stay in FAT32, which is 100% universal, with exFAT you should have no problem in any modern device , but some old device may leave you lying.

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