Thread: External HD: PC & Mac
09-26-2008, 09:24 PM #1External HD: PC & Mac
I just got my first MPB and i am new to the mac OS.
I picked up a 1TB external drive today and i want to use it both on my PC and Mac.
My PC has about 300gb of pictures (I'm a photography), and i want to put them on the External HD...
a) to make room on my internal drives.
b) so i can view/edit on my MBP
Right now i am formatting it using Windows Disk Management. But my question is, after i dump all the images onto the drive. Am i going to be able to view them on my MBP?
Let me know what you think.
09-26-2008, 10:26 PM #2
If the drive is formatted in NTFS, then OS X can only read the drive, not write to it. To get OS X to write to NTFS-formatted drives, you can either buy Paragon NTFS for the Mac or use a free open-source alternative called NTFS-3G.
Alternatively, you could format the external drive using FAT32, which OS X can read/write to, but I don't recommend it. It's an antiquated file system that is very inefficient with space, especially at that size of a drive (if it's even supported on a drive that big... not sure actually) and with OS X, there's a risk of permanent data loss if such drives aren't "ejected" properly before disconnecting.
I highly recommend against using FAT32. If you need OS X to be able to write to the drive, then use NTFS and get one of the software items that enable OS X to write to that.
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09-26-2008, 10:36 PM #3
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I use Paragon NTFS and give it the thumbs up. Using Leopard, I read and write on to a HDD formatted NTFS on XP. Paragon can be turned on/off in Pref's and you would not even know that it's there.
09-26-2008, 11:03 PM #4
Ok, Ill buy Paragon here shortly...
I don't have to do anything to my drive do i?
Just install Paragon NTFS, and once i plug in the drive.. It will be mounted... ?
The drive is currently being formated to NTFS right now... Ill give it a test run before i start really dumping the files on to it.
Gosh i need to get some sort of back up or something, i might buy a drobo system soon.
09-27-2008, 12:14 AM #5
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- Aug 24, 2007
Just install Paragon on your mac and you're ready to go. A restart may be needed too. No software to install on your external drive. Paragon just complements the OS. There are a couple of competitors around - I just can't recall their names. I use chronosync to keep my important files/pics updated.
09-27-2008, 12:57 AM #6
Gosh i think i made a boo boo....
I got a copy of Paragon NTFS... thought id try it out... Well everything was smooth.. after the reboot.. non of the drives will mount. (i have 2 external drives)... Before the installation, they mounted just fine...
There is not file in "applications" for me to uninstall. I went to Paragon site and downloaded the trial (which i didnt know they had) and that didnt help, but i could uninstall that (deleting the file in "applications".
Anyone know how i can remove this.... so i can download a purchased version of Paragon NTFS....
or will i need to re-format?
09-27-2008, 01:30 AM #7
Screw it, ive learned my lesson.. Formatting and doing it right.. 8-)
09-27-2008, 09:30 AM #8
Everything is back up and running great. I purchased Paragon NTFS and it works Fantastic.
I wish MSN messenger allowed for video, I have family in Canada and we video chat often. I got them to install Skype for now.
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