External hard drive compatibility

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sealed, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. sealed macrumors newbie

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    I ordered an iMac G5 last Saturday, and according to package tracking, it is scheduled for delivery tomorrow. I am switching from a PC laptop with a 300 GB external hard drive. Currently it is an NTFS formatted drive.

    I am wondering about the best solution for getting the external HD to work with the Mac. At this point, I think I am going to back up all my data and try to convert it to FAT32 with Partition Magic so I can use it with the Mac and the PC if needed. In this situation, FAT32 is not the most efficient when it comes to speed, from what I have read. Is the speed really that noticable?

    I have considered converting to HFS or HFS+, but it is apparently not compatible with a Windows platform. And of course, if I keep the drive in NTFS, the Mac will not be able to write to it.

    I realize that I could potentially write to an NTFS drive from the Mac by setting up a network server, but that is not a course of action I want to take.

    Given my situation what would you guys suggest is the best solution?
     
  2. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    There are a variety of ways to get Windows to work with HFS/HFS+ drives. Such as MacDrive.
     
  3. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    FAT32 is the (free) way to go. I don't think that any speed differences will be that prevalent. Don't know if you can get a 300Gb single FAT32 partition though, maybe have to split up into smaller partition sizes?
     
  4. JOD8FY macrumors 6502a

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    Go with FAT32. As you said, it's compatible with both platforms. Not sure about speed differences between the formats, but I would assume it's difficult to notice.

    Good luck and congratulations on the new Mac,
    JOD8FY
     

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