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OS 10.6 - How to make seagate 500gb portable compatible for mac and pc


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How do i make my external portable hard disc 500gb Seagate FreeAgent Go (For windows only) compatible for both mac and pc.
Any other option thn formatting on FAT32 (Becs it got file size limitation of 4 GB)
By default will it b compatible for both mac and pc machines ?
I m using intel core 2 duo Macbook pro 2.53
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Download NTFS-3G and MacFuse in order to make OS X able to write to NTFS formatted drives and then format the drive as NTFS.
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Download NTFS-3G and MacFuse in order to make OS X able to write to NTFS formatted drives and then format the drive as NTFS.
Or...
Use FAT32 to format the USB HD.
It isn't great - FAT32 has a limitation of 4GB per FILE, but otherwise, it's the easiest and most transportable. I use it to share my VMWare virtual machines between my Macs & PCs - as long as I tell VMWare to use 2GB "chunks" for the vmdk images.

If you use a FUSE driver, the USB drive works fine on your Mac, but not someone else's.

FAT32 works every where, including Linux.
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Or...
Use FAT32 to format the USB HD.
It isn't great - FAT32 has a limitation of 4GB per FILE, but otherwise, it's the easiest and most transportable. I use it to share my VMWare virtual machines between my Macs & PCs - as long as I tell VMWare to use 2GB "chunks" for the vmdk images.

If you use a FUSE driver, the USB drive works fine on your Mac, but not someone else's.

FAT32 works every where, including Linux.
a simple cross-platform, built in solution? Too easy!~

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If you use a FUSE driver, the USB drive works fine on your Mac, but not someone else's.
Seriously? I haven't had this problem while using my external NTFS drive with other Mac or Windows machines!?!?

Or have I just missed something =p
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Seriously? I haven't had this problem while using my external NTFS drive with other Mac or Windows machines!?!?

Or have I just missed something =p
How does it work on a mac without macfuse installed?

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Thnks indeed for all the helpful responses
yesterday i bought the 500 gb hard disc and it works fine on both pc and mac without macfuse or fat32 formatting on it.I can acess all the files in it.Dont kno hw my mac automatically detected it ?
But the 8 gb pen drive which i bought along with it is not recognised on mac machine
y is it so ? eventhough both r NTFS formatted ?
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More than likely it was formatted in FAT by the manufacturer. You can check, hook it up and look at the drive and do a right click and then get info.. it'll more than likely say MSDOS... that's FAT.

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