10.3 can't read NTFS drive

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by friendlyghost, Oct 26, 2003.

  1. friendlyghost
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    It was my understanding that 10.3 would be able to read drives formatted with NTFS, but I have an external USB 2 drive that it still sees as unformatted.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. jtown
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    Re: 10.3 can't read NTFS drive

    The spec sheet certainly says "Mac OS X also supports the ability to read files from devices that use the NTFS file system."

    Have you tried checking the partition for errors and/or recreating the filesystem? Which OS are you using to create the NTFS partition? I understand there are some subtle differences between the versions of NTFS used by NT4, Win2k, and XP.
     
  3. friendlyghost
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    The original NTFS partition was created with Windows XP. My windows machine can mount the volume without any problems, but my powerbook cannot sadly.
     
  4. sparkleytone
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    are there multiple partitions? is the partition not the first partition on the hard drive? OS X has always had issues recognizing beyond the first partition when it comes to windows formatting.
     
  5. friendlyghost
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    it's a single partition. nothing complicated at all.

    I'm wondering if apple doesn't support it through a usb interface.
     
  6. slowtreme
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    When I plug a USB drive with an NTFS partition, I get a kernal panic and it takes 20 min for my iBook to reboot.
     

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