External drive and networking ?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Natalia81, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Ok, I just got my PB Friday. My external Firewire drive was connected to my Vaio (XP Pro) and was formated in NTFS. Now when I hook the firewire drive to my PB, it only has READ access to the drive. Anyone know why I can't get read&write access to the firewire from my PB. I can connect to my desktop PC that is also formatted in NTFS and my PB has read & write access to the shared resources on that computer.

    Another question concerning networking:

    I enabled windows sharing on my PB so that my PC can access it. My PC has read and write access to the entire drive. Is that suppose to happen? I thought it would only give access to the Public folder. How do you just share that folder or one particular folder? And make that shared resource password protected? I would like to only allow certain users on the network I'm on to have access to my shared folder. I definitely don't want just anyone to have automatic access to my PB if I'm on a wireless network.

    is it possible to change the PB's workgroup? It shows up on my PC as "workgroup".

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    NTFS file systems will only mount as read-only on Mac and Linux systems. I think there are some projects under way to introduce read/write to NTFS, but currently your best bet would be to reformat your external hard disk with a FAT32 file system. Then it will read/write with no problems on both Mac and PC systems.
     
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    yellow

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    What Blodwyn said..

    Mac OS X:10.3.5 has "limited" write capability with NTFS, which translates to, "basically doesn't work". So, as Blodwyn said, it's FAT32, or it's HFS+ and MacDrive (a util to read HFS+ volumes) on your PC.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah...I was hoping that wasn't going to be the answer to my question. :( But I knew it had something to do with it
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok...can anyone tell me how I can get my Win2k machine to see my external hard drive that is attached to my powerbook? I have no problem accessing my Home folder and everything within it from my PC. I just can't seem to get access to anything outside my home folder.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Can you format an external hard drive to FAT32 using OS X or do I need a Windows PC to do that?
     
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    yellow

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    Disk Utility -> Select your external drive -> Erase tab -> Choose MS-DOS File system from the selelct bar.

    That's a FAT file system , but I don't know if it's FAT16 or FAT32. I'm hoping that, since Panther came out just about a year ago, that it's FAT32.
     

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