Windows – Which harddrive format do I use for both Mac and Windows to write/read

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Is there a format for a hard drive that both Mac and Windows OS can read/write to?

I want an external hard drive that stores files they can both read/write, and use for backups, etc.

Best Answer

FAT32 is the best option since it works with all OSes. NTFS has drivers available, so you should also be able to use it with Linux, Mac and Windows. HFS would be a poor choice. FAT32 cannot handle files greater than 4 GB though.