The compatibility is very important when choosing the format, for example, if you want to use an external hard drive not only to your home computer, but also on other platforms and devices. For maximum flexibility to transfer data between an Apple and a Windows device, we recommend, for example, formatting the exFAT file system. In short, correctly formatting the storage media can be decisive, since it saves you complications and limitations when transferring data from one medium to another on a day-to-day basis.
If the basic requirements are met (for example, having up-to- date hardware ), you can also switch systems at any time and, for example, switch from an old file system to a more modern one . However, it is essential to check beforehand if there is no risk of losing the files or if all the data must be backed up first and then copied back to the storage medium. There are free and paid programs for this type of conversions, which allow them to be carried out more comfortably and safely. In some cases, however, it is also possible to format the file system using the resources provided by the operating system itself. In our article on formatting USB sticks you will learn, for example, how to convert the file system of a USB stick directly in Windows.