Option 0: NFTS

You can install MacFUSE on Mac, and after that, install the NTFS-3g package.


This is supposed to let the Mac read NFTS drives.
This didn’t work for me. The projects seem old and unsupported.

Option 1: Fat32

Note: FAT32 imposes a size limit of 4GB on single files.

When formatting partitions, Windows 7’s Disk Management utility won’t let you create one that’s larger than 32GB, whereas Mac OS X Lion can create partitions as large as 2TB using its Disk Utility application.

“Use exFAT as file system and MBR (Master Boot Record) as partition map scheme… you [can] chose MBR instead of GUID”

By default, Mac OS X will use the GUID partition table to format the drive

Open Applications / Utilities / Disk Utility
Select the HD, and then choose the partition tab.
Select the number of partitions
Select the format for the FS
Under Options… select the partition scheme

Option 2: exFAT

Note: Not compatible with older operating systems. You must have Mac OS X 10.6.5 or newer, and PCs need to be Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, or newer.

From windows you can format a drive from through the Disk Management or by right-clicking the file and selecting format.

To mount exFAT drives on Linux you will probably need the following packages:
sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse

Then reboot your computer:
sudo reboot