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external drive / mac to pc

by busy22 / December 3, 2008 5:54 AM PST

We currently are running out of space on our desktop computer. It is mostly because of pictures, short videos and music. I would like to get an external harddrive to solve this issue. We are also considering switching to a mac laptop and getting rid of the pc. Are there any external drives that I can use with both computers? Is this a possible way to transfer files between a pc and a mac?

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Right now. NTFS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 6:50 AM PST

Research NTFS and you'll discover the current Mac can read and write NTFS. The old advice was to use FAT32 but I found it too fragile and the 4GB file size limit to cause people pain.

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External hard drive formatting
by smithersz / December 8, 2008 2:37 PM PST
In reply to: Right now. NTFS.

I currently have a WD 250GB Passport that is formatted in NTFS that I use on my PC. This Christmas I am getting one of the new Aluminum Macbooks. I would like to be able to use my hard drive on my PC and the shiny new Macbook. What is the best way to do this(I won't mind reformatting if it is required)?

P.S. I have several AVI files that are waaaaay over the 4gb limit on FAT32 and I dont plan on deleting any of them.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2008 11:21 PM PST

But I thought I answered your question. Please help me rewrite it if need be.

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by smithersz / December 9, 2008 6:20 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

I was under the impression that MacBooks and other macs could only read (not write) to a hard drive in NTFS. If I'm wrong (I hope I am) please correct me but I would like a link to some info that backed up your statement. I just want be sure on what I need to use

P.S. I have looked into MacFuse and that looks like it will work but my question is does it come nativity on Leopard

Thanks again and sorry for being so anal. This is just really important to me.

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Another one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2008 7:04 AM PST
In reply to: NTFS
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by smithersz / December 9, 2008 8:42 AM PST
In reply to: Another one.

Well sounds like I should choose NTFS and install the driver! Thanks for the help Proffitt!

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