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Windows and mac share USB flash drive?

Discussion in 'Apple and Mac OS X' started by passive101, Mar 2, 2007.

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  1. passive101

    passive101 Notebook Deity

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    Can I use the same flash drive in windows and on the macbook or do I need different ones?
     
  2. Sam

    Sam Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes, the same USB flash drive can be used in both operating systems perfectly fine, any file saved in either OS can be opened in the other. Mac OS X has lots of device drivers, so most products work on both Mac OS X and Windows, like cameras, flash drives, mice, keyboards, etc.
     
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    alland Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes you can. It will work seemlessly. Just know that it will just add .trashes folders and .versionsofyourfile files. These are completely harmless to your Linux, BSD or Win systems.
     
  4. passive101

    passive101 Notebook Deity

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    Cool. Thanks for the heads up about the added files as well. I got a cordless mouse and I figure I'll just put the drivers on the flash drive and transfer them over to the macbook IF it gets here tomorrow.
     
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    As long as it's formatted properly it will work fine with both (FAT).
     
  6. SaferSephiroth

    SaferSephiroth The calamity from within

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    I know this is an old thread, but i didn't know about that until recently. Does it do the same with external hdds formatted in NTFS? I have ntfs-3g
     
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    Yea any drive thats connected to osx will have hidden files with . periods infront.
    Its just like a hidden file in windows, except in osx you just put a period infront to make it hidden.
     
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    I have an old 256mb flash drive so it works pretty well for me, I am not in need of bigger file storage yet.
     
  10. Sam

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    Really? I have a 1 GB flash drive and I fill it up. I'm looking at a good 4 GB flash drive myself.
     
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    Yeah it's just that I carry my laptop with me pretty much everywhere, and I have access to all my files with .mac's back to my mac anyway, so yeah I don't really use it that much, just have it in my briefcase, and mainly use it for when I need to pass some files from a laptop to the next. If they are bigger, then I also have a small firewire cable to connect two computers, so yeah right now I don't really need excessive usb storage.
     
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