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Old May 26, 2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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What Format does MAC use for external HD

Can someone tell me what format the MAC uses for external hard drives? I have a drive that is NTFS on the PC and i can read it on the MAC but can not write to it.
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Old May 26, 2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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That's normal behavior - OS-X can read, but not write to NTFS. It can read/write FAT32 (and, of course, Mac OS Extended (journaled)).
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Old May 26, 2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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That's normal behavior - OS-X can read, but not write to NTFS. It can read/write FAT32 (and, of course, Mac OS Extended (journaled)).
You can use macfuse with the ntfs plugin.
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You can use macfuse with the ntfs plugin.
Or the OP can...

The only physical NTFS partition I have is the BootCamp partition. If I need to write something to it (which, I normally don't - I only run a single app in BootCamp), I probably would just boot it in Parallels and drag stuff to it. My other Windows machines are VM only (Win7, XP, and Win2K), so drag and drop with Parallels (or share, as required).
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Can someone tell me what format the MAC uses for external hard drives? I have a drive that is NTFS on the PC and i can read it on the MAC but can not write to it.
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Macs use whatever format you tell them to when you format it. As others have said, OSX by itself cannot write to NTFS drives.
Get something like Paragon NTFS for Mac and you can read/write seamlessly.

Short of that, just use FAT32 drives and you won't have a problem!
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...just use FAT32 drives and you won't have a problem!
Except if you hit the 4GB max-per-file size limitation.
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