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I've had this problem for a long time and can't find a solution. I switch between the 3 OSes all the time and use a 1TB USB Drive to do so. I can't seem to find a format that is compatible across all systems that handles large files (at least 8-9 GB).

Does anyone have a solution for this? Recently I've tried exFat but that messes up the filesystem when trying to read on windows after adding files from Ubuntu (using the fuse driver).

The OSes currently I'm using are Windows Vista/7, Mac OS X (10.6.5) and Ubuntu 10.10

update: I have gone with ntfs for now, and the link to download for mac is here.

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It is possible to use NTFS with all three operating systems. NTFS has a maximum file size of 16TB. There are drivers made for Linux and Mac that can allow you to read and write to an NTFS file system. If you need help finding these drivers they are discussed in this link.

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NTFS is going to be the most stable option until exFAT stabilizes on Linux. –  afrazier Dec 28 '10 at 19:48
awesome, thanks guys! –  wajiw Dec 28 '10 at 19:51
I agree with @afrazier which is why I chose NTFS with the special drivers. :) P.S. No problem @wajiw. –  David Dec 28 '10 at 19:52
Doesn't NTFS have incomplete write support in Linux? –  Cerin Jun 24 '11 at 1:13
In a way @ChrisS. This page describes how only MOST Linux OS's have the NTFS-3G driver included. Since the Mac OS is based off of Linux, they can both use this driver. This is not something that is a basic functionality of Linux. As you probably know, most Linux OS's use the EXT filesystems. –  David Jun 24 '11 at 12:57

Nowadays it's much wiser to go with extFAT. Windows and OS X both have native support for it (read+write) and on Ubuntu it's just one apt-get install exfat-fuse away.

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