external firewire hard drive problems

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  1. garzy macrumors regular

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    hey

    i just got a lacie 40gb pocketdrive. i need to use it on both pcs and macs. i formatted it on a pc running xp. today i tried to use it on an emac and got the message "This disk is unreadable, do you want to initialize" Do I have to reformat the drive everytime I cross platforms??? any help is much appreciated

    thanks
     
  2. zarathustra macrumors 6502a

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    MacOS X should read all FAT and NTFS drives no problem. What format did you use exactly?
     
  3. garzy thread starter macrumors regular

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    i used NFTS because it newer. this emac was running classic. im at school now and none of the macs here run OSX :(
     
  4. zarathustra macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe there is an extension for OS9 to enable NTFS volumes??

    This is what I found on Apple's support site about OS9:

    "It is only possible to read FAT and FAT32 formatted drives in a Macintosh. Do Not use NTFS formatted drives in a Macintosh computer."

    SOL
     
  5. garzy thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow thanks for the info zarathustra

    i found that support page and it said
    do not use a NTFS with a macintosh computer. i dont think it matters what OS your using

    i guess ill just have to reformat to FAT32 so i can use it in classic, OSX, and XP

    what are the limitations of FAT32?
     
  6. zarathustra macrumors 6502a

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    I could have sworn that I have used NTFS volumes with my PowerBook using OSX before...

    Anywho, the few negatives of FAT32 are (compared to NTFS) - no per user permissions and larger block size. Other than that, almost every X86 machine will be able to read a FAT32, compared to Win2000/XP (NT4??) compatibility for NTFS (I think *scratches head*).
     
  7. howard macrumors 68020

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    i got a new external hard drive too..how do i reformat it?...i checked in the disc utility...do i just press erase??
     
  8. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, if you do some kernel hacking, Unix can (and linux) read NTFS systems and there is beta support for a write to NTFS systems but it is very buggy. Apple only has support for FAT file systems right now so your going to have to use that.
     

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