Apple and PC question

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  1. [DWI]

    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    Lets see if there is anyone out there who can help me. I feel kind of dumb asking what should be a simple question.

    Well actually its help me help my GF, she recently bought an external hard drive for her laptop (dell) Now I can set this up for her dell all fine and dandy, but it get a little complicated.

    For starters, her dell is not long for this world (meaning its going to die soon) and she is considering replacing it with an apple when it dies. Now I made certian that the hard drive that she bought would run on a PC and an Apple, the question is do I have to do anything special to install it on one for later use on the other? Things such as Fat32 vs NTFS (sp?)

    The hard drive will be used as extra storage space and when the time comes a way to move files to the new computer whatever it maybe, but there is a good chance it will be an apple.

    And I will read the intruction next time I see her this weekend.

    Thanks for any help guys.
     
  2. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    The safe choice is to format the external disk at FAT32. Every Windows back to 95b and any recent version of OSX (at least 10.2 that I can vouch for) will be able to read/write it. I believe OS10.3 can read but not write NTFS. I don't know about 10.4. Google it. Nothing special is required to connect the drive to either computer. Most of them don't even need drivers.
     
  3. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Someone was telling me that OSX can now read and write NTFS with no problems. I'm skeptical of this, though, since it hasn't been acheived reliably by any open-source projects, and unless Apple is licensing NTFS from MS, I don't see them doing it.
     
  4. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i'd like to know if thats true.

    how would you format an external hard drive to handle large files, like dvd iso's? you couldn't use fat32 because it can't handle anything bigger than 4gb
     
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    skelm New Member

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    I don't think this is right but if you find something please post the link up...

    And fat32 does have a size limit as previously mentioned..
     
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    You cannot write to an NTFS on any version of the Mac OSX.

    FAT is the way to go if you want both read/write for both mac and windows.
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    but what do you do if you need to save files bigger than 4 gb?
     
  8. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    only over a network as a shared drive, not directly connected
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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    then you're screwed
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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    oh yeah, convert the ext drive to NTFS now, she buys a mac :ugh:, connects ext. drive to it, copy everything off it to local drive (read only), format ext. drive to mac-spec, copy everything back


    easy, no mess



    but then she'll only have a mac, which is :ugh:
     
  11. rpark

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    If you want to save something over 4gb you're out of luck.

    You can convert the filesystem to HFS after she has got new new Mac.

    Either way, good luck.
     
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    Fat32 doesn't have a 4gb limit. That is Fat16 you're thinking of.
    Fat32 ha a theoretical limit of like 8tb although you'd be nuts to try FAT32 on a drive that size.

    at any rate, FAT32 will have no trouble with multi-gig files...other than its not the most efficient. If/when OSX can read/write to NTFS, I'd use that unless you're going totally Mac in which case, copy everything to the Mac and repartition and reformat the drive with whatever OSX uses.
     
  13. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i don't think so. fat32 can only handle individual files up to 4 gb in size.
    taken from microsoft.com
    [​IMG]
     
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    oh, I was thinking of max size volume size.
    :o
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    Its setup as Fat32 now, since I have an apple and she has a dell, and when she gets an apple if she want me to I will setup it up to run as an apple only, but we'll see what she wants me to do, on a side note her damn XP wouldn't format to Fat32 I had to use the apple to do it
     

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