Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to beausoleil85)
Try formatting it on a Windows OS using FAT32, or format it as exFAT so you aren't limited by FAT32's file size limitations.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 5:42 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
I did that -- I tried to format in FAT32 and exFAT on both the mac and pc. Didn't make a difference. This is extremely frustrating!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to beausoleil85)
What makes it not "functional?"
When you formatted it in FAT32 on a Windows PC,
could the PC read/write it?
could the Mac read/write it?
Same for exFAT.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 6:13 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
"not functional" = it is shared by cannot be accessed from the PC -- everything else on the mac can be accessed.
Also, in both of the formats, the mac and pc can both access the files properly if connected via usb.
It seems odd that the upgrade to lion did this -- I am tempted to put snow leopard back on but I just bought lion and this shouldn't be happening!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 7:14 PM (in response to beausoleil85)
Do you mean shared via file sharing, or directly connected.
If it is over a network, Lion changed the SMB protocol it uses to connect to Windows, so that could be what you are experiencing.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
Hey Barney -- yeah it's over a network -- I had read that the SMB protocol had changed -- but I find it weird I can't find any solutions online -- I'm sure others are having the same issues.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 4:55 AM (in response to beausoleil85)
All of the issues you'd find would be in reference to just connecting to a Windows server or PC, not necessarily accessing an external drive.
I assume you want it in a cross-platform format so that you can disconnect it and use it on a Windows machine. Otherwise, the format is irrelevant.
Have you gone into Sharing and set it up to share out the drive specifically, not just turn on File Sharing.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 12, 2012 7:24 PM (in response to Barney-15E)
Well it was a samba issue. I found a piece of software called SMBUp and it fixes everything -- runs samba the old way as a service! Wonderful piece of software -- Apple should fix this issue!