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    Can OSX read/write to a shared windows NTFS folder?
    Can OSX read/write to a shared windows NTFS folder?

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    I do not believe it can write but it should be able to read.
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    'Shared' as in 'on a network'? Sure it can. Browse the Network for the computer then the shared folder.
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    Any computer can write to any drive ON A NETWORK as long as the client computer is allowed the proper permissions on the host computer.

    If you are talking about directly connecting an external drive via USB or FireWire formatted NTFS, you can only read. To write to this drive, it must be formatted FAT32.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoslicer8 View Post
    Any computer can write to any drive ON A NETWORK as long as the client computer is allowed the proper permissions on the host computer.

    If you are talking about directly connecting an external drive via USB or FireWire formatted NTFS, you can only read. To write to this drive, it must be formatted FAT32.
    Yea, that's what i meant....
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoslicer8 View Post
    Any computer can write to any drive ON A NETWORK as long as the client computer is allowed the proper permissions on the host computer.

    If you are talking about directly connecting an external drive via USB or FireWire formatted NTFS, you can only read. To write to this drive, it must be formatted FAT32.
    Yes, my host computer will be my desktop (WinXP Home, all drives formatted NTFS). If I set the Shared Folder to "Allow Network Users To Change My Files", OSX should be able to read/write to those folders?

    Since the MBP I plan on buying only has 120GB drive, I have nearly 600GB on my desktop computer. I plan on storing my photos, music, videos on my Windows desktop and accessing them from the MBP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoslicer8 View Post
    To write to this drive, it must be formatted FAT32.
    Or use MacFuse and NTFS-3G, which means you won't have to do any reformatting.

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    Writing to a shared NTFS partition uses the SMB protocol. Macs come with SAMBA which is the open source implementation of SMB. It works just fine.

    You don't need MacFuse or anything else. Just open Finder, click GO and select "Connect to Server" From there you list the IP address and share name. (example: smb://192.168.0.2/sharedfolder) As long as folder sharing on you Windows server is setup correctly, you will be prompted for credentials and connected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techmonkey View Post
    Yes, my host computer will be my desktop (WinXP Home, all drives formatted NTFS). If I set the Shared Folder to "Allow Network Users To Change My Files", OSX should be able to read/write to those folders?
    This is correct. Be aware that the MacBook may ask you to sign in to the shared folder when you connect to it. Just use your Windows XP username and password.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Beavis View Post
    You don't need MacFuse or anything else. Just open Finder, click GO and select "Connect to Server" From there you list the IP address and share name. (example: smb://192.168.0.2/sharedfolder) As long as folder sharing on you Windows server is setup correctly, you will be prompted for credentials and connected.
    I think he means you can use MacFuse to access the drive directly via USB vice over a network if desired.


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    Yes, to directly access it via USB.

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    My macbook was up and running on my windows network in a few minutes thanks to apple talk. It functions as well on the network as any windows computer would.
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