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Which Large File System Format to use for USB Flash drive compatible with Ubuntu/Mac/Windows?

I am trying to copy my data from Linux (Fedora ) to Windows OS? My 16 gb usb should be formatted in which format?

My file is around 12 GB that I need to copy in USB Flash Drive.

Then I have to run my program on Mac Computers which have Unix installed them.

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NTFS is a safe choice. ExFAT might also be good.

Unfortunately my experience with Linux is limited to the fact that the two distros I use Ubuntu and Knoppix - both support it "out of the box".

Mac supports reading both, but I had to install NTFS-3g to also enable NTFS writing.

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Might be a good idea to say where one can get the drivers for NTFS on Linux if he does not have them. –  soandos Dec 1 '11 at 7:23
    
NTFS on linux is easy. Not that sure about ExFat - i seem to recall there's OS X support, but not sure with linux or older versions of windows –  Journeyman Geek Dec 1 '11 at 7:24
    
ExFAT support for Linux is limited. –  iglvzx Dec 1 '11 at 7:29
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The easiest solution would be to format the flash drive as FAT32 and use a cross platform spanning archiver such as 7-Zip to archive the file into 2GB chunks.

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Fat32 is the 'universal' file system, but you won't be able to put single files larger than 4gb on it - in which case split zip files would help. –  Journeyman Geek Dec 1 '11 at 7:23
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