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  • 15. Re: External 2TB drive is 'read only' in Lion?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,450 points)

    ThunderCon wrote:

     

    so exFAT is just as reliable as NTFS? what are the down sides?         

    Not too bad, older XP machines may not be able to read them but there is a download to fix that from Microsoft (somewhere) Vista & 7 will read them.

  • 16. Re: External 2TB drive is 'read only' in Lion?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,450 points)

    ThunderCon wrote:

     

    ok, thanks a lot camelot. i haven't tried out ExFat, is there any apple documentation on it? i've always just used NTFS. only using Win7 and Lion isn't a problem for me.

     

    is there another way for me to write to NTFS drives in Lion? if the external NTFS drive is connected to a laptop and turned on, could i login to the laptop on Lion and then write to it?

     

    what if the external drive is connected to FreeNAS? i'm thinking of trying it out.

     

    thanks.

    Now you're complicating matters, use exFat.

  • 17. Re: External 2TB drive is 'read only' in Lion?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,450 points)

    ThunderCon wrote:

     

    so exFAT is just as reliable as NTFS? what are the down sides?         

    For your purposes yes.

  • 18. Re: External 2TB drive is 'read only' in Lion?
    Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,790 points)

    is there another way for me to write to NTFS drives in Lion

    I've already mentioned third-party software which provides NTFS support on Macs, so there is that option.

    if the external NTFS drive is connected to a laptop and turned on, could i login to the laptop on Lion and then write to it?

    Probably - if you share that drive via SMB (the standard Windows file sharing protocol). To be honest, though, I don't do Windows, so I can't tell you more. I know it works the other way around - connecting a HFS+ drive to a Mac and sharing that to Windows clients, even though they can't read HFS+ volumes.

     

    what if the external drive is connected to FreeNAS? i'm thinking of trying it out.

    Again, since it's not the Mac that's reading/writing the drive, the drive can be any format supported by your file server.

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