798 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2007 6:45 AM by dsunbury
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)
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+
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