10218 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 18, 2010 12:38 PM by The hatter
I still use Windows XP with my Mac but still never had such a problem with my two Firewire external HDs (one FW400 and one FW800).
And I did a lot of things with these
Partioned one for use with OSX and Windows (one HFS+ partition; one NTFS partition); copied my complete MP3-collection (180GB) from one external HD to the other; etc.
All without any kind of glitch or slowdown.
To my knowledge Microsoft has completely rewritten the Firewire driver for Windows 7, so that could be one explanation, which might get better with the first Service Pack for Windows 7.
Also the Firewire support in Vista was 'flaky' to say the least.
But sorry no idea of a solution from my part.
I'm having similar issues to the original post - SUPER slow write speeds on an external NTFS firewire 800 hard drive. (Windows 7, iMac 27" i5) Just posted more info on my situation here:
Thanks for the Hot Fix link! I'll call MS support tonight and give that a go - will update if I have any news.
Apple admits in one tech note to poor FW800 speeds on Mac Pro.
Hard to get rid of GPT but if you format the drive to MBR in Disk Utility and FAT you can then convert or reformat to NTFS.
No mention of the make of the case.
FW400 is pretty good. But why not use eSATA PCIe and SATA. Native if possible (no FW/USB type cases, or Oxford with multi interfaces). Works for me, using FW400 or Sonnet Tempo E2P or E4P (but not both together in Windows).
The hot fix wasn't that for XP or something?
Motherboards like Gigabyte are coming out with a dual-use port for SATA and USB3. FW seems like proprietary, not really adopted or supported outside Apple.
And I'd say there are problems with NTFS drivers for OS X so that is an issue.
Also, as nice as it may seem, Boot Camp's AppleHFS.sys and HFS+ support for read-only in Windows causes other problems and side effects, like Windows 7's Backup facility to not work.
When I get a drive, I use Windows and the vendor's (WD etc) hard drive diagnostic to do a full test, zero, etc and almost invariably drives formatted in Mac OS had trouble and worked better after such tests and formatting.