How to format a USB thumb drive for both Mac and Windows
vendredi 23 septembre 2022, 09:35 , par Macworld UK
But FAT32 is distinctly out of date. Designed for an earlier time, it can’t handle files larger than 4GB. Instead, pick ExFAT, its replacement (and still quite old), best used on drives of 32GB or larger capacity.
While first ensuring you have a copy of any data on a drive you want to format as ExFAT, as formatting will erase the drive’s contents, follow these steps:
Attach the drive to your Mac.Launch Disk Utility (from Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility).Select the drive in the left-hand sidebar.Click Erase.From the Format menu, select ExFAT.From the Scheme menu, select Master Boot Record.Click Erase and follow prompts to confirm.Foundry
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