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Format external HD for use with Mac Network and PC

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Feb 15, 2009 12:16 PM
System config: Home network: Mac Pro & MacBook Pro connected via AirPort Extreme. Both run OS X 10.5.6. The Mac Pro also runs Windows XP Pro. Work computer: Dell, Latitude D830 running Windows XP Pro.

Situation: I have a Western Digital WDMT5000TN 500GB Portable HD, (FireWire 800 & USB). The WDMT5000TN came formatted Mac OS Extended, which, as I suspected, could neither be read nor written to in XP. I reformatted the drive NTFS in XP Pro. This worked well with XP but was read only in OS X.

Ideally, I would like to format the drive so that it is both read/write capable with both OS X & XP Pro and handle file transfers in excess of 100 MB. If this is not possible my second choice would be to have the drive read/write OS X & read only XP, given that I upload mostly in the Apple domain & would be able to perform backups of it’s contents using Time Machine with OS X.

If anyone has a formatting recommendation or related information that may help I would appreciate your insight. Thank you.
Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Dell Latitude D830 running XP Pro, WD external HD
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Feb 15, 2009 12:50 PM (in response to crs43)
    Two basic options:

    1. Format the drive FAT32 (MS-DOS) which is read/write on both Windows and OS X.

    2. Leave the drive formatted NTFS and install software on OS X to enable read/write access. The options are: a.) Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X - 6.5.1; b.) MacFuse and NTFS-3G 2009.2.1u1; and, c.) NTFS for Mac 1.0.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MacBook Pro C2D 2.33 Ghz; MacBook Pro 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Intel iMac C2D 17 "; MacBook 2.0 Ghz; 30 GB iPod Video (Black); iPod Nano 2 GB
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Feb 26, 2009 11:46 AM (in response to crs43)
    You can use MediaFour's Mac Drive on Windows to enable read/write of Mac formatted disks. Most likely there are other Window's solutions, but this is the only one with which I'm familiar.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MacBook Pro C2D 2.33 Ghz; MacBook Pro 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Intel iMac C2D 17 "; MacBook 2.0 Ghz; 30 GB iPod Video (Black); iPod Nano 2 GB
  • Frank Einstein Calculating status...
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    Feb 26, 2009 1:01 PM (in response to crs43)
    Actually,

    if you have the drive formatted as HFS+ or "Mac Formatted" and have it connected and distributed on the AirPort Extreme both OSX and Windows can access it, read/write to it.

    if you;d like to have it universally accessible to any given system, i get pretty good transfer rates over ethernet and wifi.
    Alu MacBook 2.0Ghz (??soon??) : : : MacPro 2.8 Octocore 6GB | 8800GT | 500GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6), XP Pro SP3

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