Is It Bad to Format Backup Drives to exFAT? Need Help

I formatted my backup external drives to exFAT to run it on Windows and Mac. But some suggested I should format each drive for Mac and PC. I want to know if it is a wise choice or if there are some dangers in using the exFAT format on both systems.

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Cici· Answered on Dec 20, 2023

If you want to use the backup drive on Windows and Mac simultaneously, you can choose exFAT and FAT format. However, the FAT format only supports files up to 4GB. In contrast, exFAT is a better choice.

Compared to the outdated FAT file system, eXFAT is a moderately current file system that can safeguard your data better and manage enormous drive sizes. And it also has better compatibility. 

Extended Reading: What Format Works on Both Mac and PC

Using exFAT is a good idea if you want to use the same drive on different systems. And both systems support you in converting the drive to exFAT format directly. Here is a simple step-by-step tutorial.

Format backup drive to exFAT on Mac:

Step 1. Open Disk Utility and click "Erase" at the top.

Step 2. Name the drive and select an exFAT format.

Step 3. Click on "Erase."

Format backup drive as exFAT in Windows

Download the efficient and safe format tool: EaseUS Partition Master Free.

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And follow the steps:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master. Choose the drive you wish to format and click "Format."

Step 2. Choose the cluster size and exFAT file system, then click "OK."

Step 3. In the appearing warning window, click "Yes."

Step 4. In the top left corner, select "Execute 1 Task(s)" and then select "Apply."

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