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I'm not sure why you are having issues. There is a possibility the drives are failing. I've also read that NTFS doesn't work reliably on USB drives in particular, but is generally OK for firewire drives. The particulars of why this is escape me. Anyway, the better way to go about this is use exFAT instead of NTFS. It is supported natively in OS X Lion and Windows XP (service pack 2) and onwards.

EDIT: As a side note... if you aren't "ejecting" (unmounting) your external drives properly before unplugging them, then that is very much a part of the problem. If I recall correctly now that I think about it, improperly disconnecting in this manner is more problematic on USB drives vs Firewire.


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