I am beginning to work on my senior thesis film, and I need to format my HDD. I will be editing with a friend - she will be on a Mac and I will be on my Dell running Windows 7.
Because we are doing video editing, the files can sometimes become larger than 4gb, which makes it difficult to use FAT32 as a partition format. I can't use NTFS because then she won't be able to write to the HDD.
I was going to try and use exFAT as the format, however, when I plugged the HDD into her laptop (and another friend's with a Mac) it gives me the error that "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer," and I can either "Initialize..." "Ignore," or "Eject."
In reading online, I found most people saying that the Mac update 10.6.5 would allow for exFAT to be read, but they were both running 10.7.5. Is this a common occurrence with Macs? Does this format not play well with Macs and PCs? Are there programs my friend can download to her Mac that will read an exFAT HDD?
I read further online and saw that some people talked about "Allocation Unit Size" being a factor in formatting to exFAT properly. I formatted my HDD on my Dell, but I am not sure what "Allocation Unit Size" was set to when I formatted it. Could this be something I could change to make the HDD work on her Mac?