3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 12, 2013 8:02 AM by nealeh

    Maximum shared file size on a Mac

    LindaColli Level 1

      HI, I have recently bought an Apple MacPro laptop. I understand that a FAT 32 file does not allow file sizes larger than 4GB. My Premiere Elements completed shared files are usually larger than this in max resloution full HD as I use a lot of video footage. When I tried to copy a completed shared file to my laptop from my windows desktop it said that the file size was too large. Does this mean that I cannot create large projects on my Mac that will end up being larger than 4 GB when they are completed and shared? I am new to Mac so would appreciate any help that you can give me. Many thanks.

        • 1. Re: Maximum shared file size on a Mac
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          You should not have any file size limitations on Mac OSX, Linda.


          Macs are neither NTFS nor FAT32. They use a file system called HFSX.

          • 2. Re: Maximum shared file size on a Mac
            LindaColli Level 1

            Thanks Steve, I am relieved about that.


            My challenge now is how to transfer larger files from one computer to the other. Can one buy external drives that are formated in HFSX, or can I use an NTFS formatted external hard-drive to transfer files from Windows to Mac?


            On a slightly different point, I believe that Mac can read NTFS but wont write to it. I would like to store all my travel media on external drives but dont want to be limited by FAT 32 size restrictions as I will eventually use this media in my PE Project and would prefer to save the final shared project to the same external drive.


            If I store my media on an NTFS external drive plugged into my mac, does that mean that I would not be able to edit my stills in eg Lightroom on the mac if the media resides on the NTFS external drive?


            Thank you for your help. I am trying to get to grips with this new mac before we go on our next expidition in May.

            • 3. Re: Maximum shared file size on a Mac
              nealeh Level 5

              This google search throws up some solutions to enabling OSX to write to NTFS disks.


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