One of the considerations that you need to know about hard drives and the accessibility of their data is what format they are set to. What do you need to know about how formatting impacts accessibility? In this video, join Kevin Ames as he discusses cross-platform formats that you can format your hard drive to.
- There are cross-platform formats, and interestingly enough, they're all pretty much native Windows formats. When Steve Jobs was inventing the Macintosh, one of his directives to the team was that all Macintosh's would be able to read the FAT-32 format. That's one of the ways that Macintosh was actually able to become a mainstream computer. It was very insightful on Steve's part to make sure that happened. And it continues to this very day.
Again, FAT-32 has four gigabytes or less of storage capacity per file. exFAT can read and write files larger than four gigabytes and it works natively with Mac OS x 10.6.5 to the current version, which is High Sierra, or 10.13. It's also compatible with Windows Vista Service Pack one and with service pack two on Windows XP.
It works there as well. It also works with all current versions of Windows up to and including Windows 10. Cross-platform formats are quite useful. They're native Windows formats that can be read on both Windows and Mac.
- What is in a hard drive?
- Formats for hard drives
- Using RAIDs for storing digital files
- Organizing assets
- Using digital asset management tools
- Connecting hard drives
- How often to backup
- Long-term backups
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1. Understanding Hard Drives and Why They Fail
2. Formats for Hard Drives
3. Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives (RAID)
4. Organizing Data Workflow Strategies
5. Digital Asset Management Tools
6. Connecting Hard Drives
7. Backups Are Mandatory
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