8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2007 6:45 AM by dsunbury
dsunbury Level 1 Level 1
Hi everyone - I have an iMac running MacOSX 10.4 - an NTFS formatted USB external drive is connected to the mac and I would like to access the drive, for both reading and writing, from my Dell laptop running Windows XP - all machines are connected up on my home network. How do I do this? Thanks for any help.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4)
Solved by Rick Van Vliet on Apr 11, 2007 5:52 AM Solved
Oops, Forgot about the NTFS limitation.

If this is a brand-new drive, why not explore partitioning it and making one big partition Mac OS Extended?
And connect to it using SMB (samba)?

I have a big USB drive, connected to and formatted by my OSX...I use it to back up both XP(home) and Mac files and folders. (having shared it out, using Sharepoints.
Don't even remember it ever giving me grief.
(not sure I have anything out there bigger than 4GB, but I KNOW that I did NOT format this drive FAT32).

You're going to get this done with relatively little trouble.
[Warning] Just be cautious during any formatting or partitioning...all data will be gone after any formats or partitions
  • Rick Van Vliet Level 5 Level 5
    Hi-Welcome to discussions.
    Be sure all the machines are in the same workgroup
    Look into directoryAccess, SMB-CIFS, Configure...enter same workgroup as the PC has.
    Then download Sharepoints to the mac, from http://www.hornware.com which will help you share out that external drive for the rest of your networked computers.

    (a useful tool here on the discussions is the "Search" feature...over there on the right-hand panel)
  • dsunbury Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Rick, and thank you for the quick response. I have found reference here on the application you mention but I thought a general search on the net mentioned that the Sharepoint wouldn't work with NTFS drives - I'll give it a go though since you suggest it Thanks very much!
  • roam Level 6 Level 6
    Alternatively you could reformat the drive to make it accessible to both if you reformat it to MS-DOS (FAT 32) in Disk Utility, then both will be able to use it.

    Mac OS X can only read an NTFS formatted disk (which is Windows format) but not write to it.
    Mac and Windows can both read and write to MS-DOS (FAT 32) format
    Windows cannot see the native MAC OS X format which is HFS+

    regards roam
  • dsunbury Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks Roam - that would be an option, however the files I am reading/writing are well over the 4GB limit of FAT32 drives.
  • dsunbury Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Rick - well I installed Sharepoints, followed the instructions and ran it. In the "Normal Shares" windows it shows only one external drive, a Mac OS Extended filesystem. The NTFS USB drive doesn't show up - anything else I need to do?
  • dsunbury Level 1 Level 1
    I have finally got the share to be seen on my windows machine - however I can't write to the drive - doesn't look like it works with NTFS drives
  • Rick Van Vliet Level 5 Level 5
    Oops, Forgot about the NTFS limitation.

    If this is a brand-new drive, why not explore partitioning it and making one big partition Mac OS Extended?
    And connect to it using SMB (samba)?

    I have a big USB drive, connected to and formatted by my OSX...I use it to back up both XP(home) and Mac files and folders. (having shared it out, using Sharepoints.
    Don't even remember it ever giving me grief.
    (not sure I have anything out there bigger than 4GB, but I KNOW that I did NOT format this drive FAT32).

    You're going to get this done with relatively little trouble.
    [Warning] Just be cautious during any formatting or partitioning...all data will be gone after any formats or partitions
  • dsunbury Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks