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dezza.1985
Jun 25, 2010, 07:49 AM
Hi Everyone

I am about to purchase an external HDD drive to use with my NAS system, what is the best option when it comes to the format?

I want my Apple TV, Macbook and Windows PC to both read and write onto the Drive?

I know that my external HDD that I have for my Time Machine doesn't even get recognised in my Windows PC and one that works in Windows, I can't write onto on my Macbook?

Cheers



roidy
Jun 25, 2010, 08:05 AM
Is is a prebuilt NAS or one you built yourself?

If its a prebuilt one then once you put in the drive it will format it to whatever format the NAS box uses, most likely a version of one of the Linux file systems. If its a self built NAS then you may be able to choose which filesystem to use but again most NAS boxes use a linux filesystem ie ext2 or ext3.

Regardless of NAS type once formatted NAS drives aren't meant to be taken out of the NAS box to be used.

As for reading/writing to the drive, a NAS box connects to your network so any computer regardless of OS will be able to read/write data to it.

roidy
Jun 25, 2010, 08:14 AM
Sorry my bad, I see your talking about connecting a external HD to your NAS.

In that case FAT32 is supported out of the box on both Windows and OSX or NTFS works in OSX using NTFS-3G drivers.

dezza.1985
Jun 25, 2010, 08:14 AM
Thanks for the answer, I think I miss lead you when I asked the question, mainly as I didn't explain myself properly... My fault.

The set up that I'm going to be using is very simple, I'm going to be attaching a external HDD to a airport extreme and using that as a very basic set up.

dezza.1985
Jun 25, 2010, 08:16 AM
Sorry my bad, I see your talking about connecting a external HD to your NAS.

In that case FAT32 is supported out of the box on both Windows and OSX or NTFS works in OSX using NTFS-3G drivers.

Are those drivers something that you have to download seperatly? As I think I have tried to connect an NTFS drive to my macbook OSX before and it could only read?!

roidy
Jun 25, 2010, 08:18 AM
http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/

However I don't know if APE supports NTFS.

roidy
Jun 25, 2010, 08:26 AM
Yep APE wont support an NTFS external drive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirPort#Airport_Disk

dezza.1985
Jun 25, 2010, 09:09 AM
Yep APE wont support an NTFS external drive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirPort#Airport_Disk

Ahh I see, the other option that I looked at was to get a My Book World Edition and plug it into my existing router, would that be a better option then? It states that it's Mac compatible?

I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to the compatibility between windows and mac especially with external data

roidy
Jun 25, 2010, 09:18 AM
The problem with the "My Book World Edition" is that it's a sealed unit so once it's full your stuffed. Your much better off spending the money on a proper NAS enclosure with removable drive bays so that you have the option to install more drives for increased storage at a later date.

dezza.1985
Jun 25, 2010, 09:38 AM
The problem with the "My Book World Edition" is that it's a sealed unit so once it's full your stuffed. Your much better off spending the money on a proper NAS enclosure with removable drive bays so that you have the option to install more drives for increased storage at a later date.

I know it's a really tough choice to make, I'm in the position that I need more space but I don't have the cash at the moment to fork out a large amount on a full NAS system, I know long term that the NAS will save me money, but its a good 300 to set the thing up, from what I have seen anyway.

roidy
Jun 25, 2010, 10:06 AM
Not at all, you can pick up a empty 2 bay NAS for anywhere between 100 and 150 and then just start off with a 1TB drive for around 60 and then expand later.

It just depends how many bays you want and weather you want to buy branded. I purchased a LG N2B1DD2 2 bay NAS populated with 2x1Tb HD's and a built in Blu-ray writer for 320, it's one of the best purchases I've made in a long time. You can also buy the LG with no hard drives and just a DVD writer for 135 which is a good price and then add your own hard drives.

I'm a Windows only user and have had no problems at all with the LG NAS, some of the Amazon reviews of the LG say it's not so good on a MAC, weather this is ture or not I don't know. However this review is done using a MAC.

http://www.geekanoids.co.uk/reviews/tag/lg