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Compatibility of Hard drive with heavy duty usage


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Hi. I have a Hard Drive which was formatted on Windows as FAT32. This presents no issue as I can transfer files between both Mac and windows. The biggest problem is that I want to transfer disk image files over 4g (about 6-7gb) to the hard drive as backup. With the FAT32 format I can't. To use any of the other formats through which I am allowed to transfer big files I lose the usage on windows which is something I can't afford seeing as I have to sync between laptop and university desktops. Is there a way to do this? I've read on other posts that I can partition the USB. I did but didn't understand what happened. I uploaded on my Mac some files and then when I went to windows it told me I have to format it to use it. Can anyone explain this please? Thanks.
p.s. it was partitioned as mac os extended
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Newer versions of Windows use the NTFS filesystem. Mac OS X supports NTFS, but in read only mode. There are a number of different ways to address this:

1. Format the drive as NTFS on Windows. Then, install a driver on the Mac that can read and write to NTFS.

There's a few different options -

* Snow Leopard (10.6) has experimental support for NTFS write functionality, but you need to run a Terminal command to enable it - currently it's unsupported, so you run the risk of data loss.

* You can purchase Paragon NTFS for Mac, which does a great job with NTFS, it also contains a driver for Boot Camp so that you can read/write to your Mac-formatted drives using HFS+ on Windows. Very handy.

* You can try the free NTFS 3G with MacFUSE, but I'm told that this can be kludgy too.


2. You can format the drive HFS+ ("Mac OS X Extended" in Disk Utility) and use MacDrive on Windows to read/write to the disk.

3. If the two machines are setup on a network, you can use file sharing to bypass the hard drive altogether and just transfer over the network.

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First off, thanks.
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Newer versions of Windows use the NTFS filesystem. Mac OS X supports NTFS, but in read only mode. There are a number of different ways to address this:

1. Format the drive as NTFS on Windows. Then, install a driver on the Mac that can read and write to NTFS.
Like which driver?
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First off, thanks.

Like which driver?
I do believe he covered all the options.

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Newer versions of Windows use the NTFS filesystem. Mac OS X supports NTFS, but in read only mode. There are a number of different ways to address this:

1. Format the drive as NTFS on Windows. Then, install a driver on the Mac that can read and write to NTFS.

There's a few different options -

* Snow Leopard (10.6) has experimental support for NTFS write functionality, but you need to run a Terminal command to enable it - currently it's unsupported, so you run the risk of data loss.

* You can purchase Paragon NTFS for Mac, which does a great job with NTFS, it also contains a driver for Boot Camp so that you can read/write to your Mac-formatted drives using HFS+ on Windows. Very handy.

* You can try the free NTFS 3G with MacFUSE, but I'm told that this can be kludgy too.


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