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Transferring files between a Mac and an external hard drive (NTFS)


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Hi All,

I am trying to transfer files from my Mac to an external hard drive formated in NTFS (so I can play the content on my TV - my TV does not see Macs format). The hard drive is formated in NTFS meaning that I cannot simply copy stuff from Mac to PC.

Apple's "lock-in" strategy is a tad annoying I have to say. All is good as long as you work just on Mac but if you want to "move around" your stuff - good luck.

I wonder if someone has any ideas how can I move my files from Mac to external hard drive? Is there any software for Mac enabling me to do it?
Formating the drive to FAT32 is not an option as it limits me to 4GB per file.

Thanks guys.
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There are several options for writing files to an NTFS drive from your Mac. Currently the Mac has read support got NTFS but write support can be enabled with a Terminal command.

There are also other options which some users prefer. These options include How to read and write NTFS harddrives under Mac OS X | Your Daily Mac

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There are several options for writing files to an NTFS drive from your Mac. Currently the Mac has read support got NTFS but write support can be enabled with a Terminal command.

There are also other options which some users prefer. These options include How to read and write NTFS harddrives under Mac OS X | Your Daily Mac
thanks for this. I'm going to try out MacFUSE...
Can you please expand on the first paragraph. What Terminal command?
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I am not much on Terminal commands. Perhaps a phobia on my part. The following thread explains how to enable the feature and includes some of the caveats 10.6: Enable native NTFS read/write support - Mac OS X Hints

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