OSX and Windows Drives

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  1. DatacomGuy

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    OSX can read and write to shared Windows drives on a network, right?

    Assuming FAT32..

    Anyway to read/write NTFS?
     
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    Can read and write on FAT32
    Can only read NTFS

    FAT32 does have the 4GB files size limit
     
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    well that answered that
     
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    Woot. Works. I have a 750GB drive installed via USB2 on my PC server in a closet.. shared it.

    Installed MacFUSE; then NTFS-3G. I didn't have to do any of the terminal commands, however. Drive shows in read/write permission and I've copied to, deleted, opened and saved, etc and good to go.

    Fannnnntastic.
     
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    Good to hear. Setting up an Iomega drive on my Airport Extreme as an Airdisk. Had to format it in FAT32 so the windows PC we have can see it. Thought about using Macdrive but didn't want the extra software.
     
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    That was my original plan.. but this was quicker for me.
     
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    wait, it matters what the windows filesystem is if you're sharing it across the network? i figured that the filesystem only mattered if you were connecting locally and if you were going across the network it would be seen as CIFS whether or not you had FAT32 underneath.
     
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    also, MacDrive is a nice little utility for windoze that lets you write to your Mac OS partition
     
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    Not sure I follow this.

    OSX natively can't write to NTFS.. only FAT32.
     
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    if it's over a network, it doesn't matter if it's fat32 or ntfs. a mac can write and read from both
    i have my windows 2003 server as proof. all of the drives are ntfs and i can read and write to them from my macbook, no problem

    think about it. the drive is in a windows machine, thats what handles the reads and writes. all the talk over the network is in a universal language, somewhat using samba. thats why a linux box can write to an ntfs share with no problem
     
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    dork is right
     
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    Unless the drive is on a network and not in a windows machine. I had to put my external drive in FAT32 because I use it as an Airdisk off my Airport Extreme.
     
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    true, thats one of the very few exceptions. can't you format it in hfs+ so that it will support files over 4gb? you can get network attached storage device that you throw a hard drive into and it will be an instant nas that supports ntfs. although i have not seen any good review for ones that are under $300

    for me, it's just better to take an old pc, load it up with winxp/2003 server and throw in a raid card, hard drives, and attach it to my router. then lock it away in a closet
     
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    I wanted to keep the drive in hfs+ but in the end didn't want to deal with Macdrive. I just use it for my itunes music/video so don't have anything over 4gb. I will also use it for Time Machine so hope I don't run into problems there.

    It isn't the fastest solution but it does work ok. I do wish I could figure out how to share the xml itunes file across computers to update playcounts, ratings, etc but haven't figured that one out yet. Don't think it is even possible at this point.
     
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    Ahhhhhhh interesting.
     
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    if you ever do find a way to do that, you would be a god among men.
     

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