External Harddrive issue.. 4GB limits from FAT 32

Discussion in 'OS X' started by tongteh, May 23, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    guys.. i have a file that's 8GB.

    In Windows everytime when i transfer that file to a FAT32 external hard drive it gives me an error saying unable to copy that file because it's too large (external HDD have 180GB free space). I did some search finding that when NTFS transfer files to FAT32 it will have a limit of 4GB.

    so my questions is, what can i do?? I deliberately format my HDD into a FAT32 so that both my mac and windows could use that HDD, but now i find that it's impossible for me to transfer a single file that is larger than 4GB. The external HDD came in with NTFS but wasn't readable by my macbook.

    What's my option?? is there any solution where mac os x could read NTFS?? or any other alternatives?

    thank you very much
     
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    ergdegdeg

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    You could install MacFuse on your Mac and thus read and write an NTFS-formatted USB drive.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    You can also format it as HFS+ (Mac OS X "native", supports big files) and then use a software to read it in Windows.

    I recommend HFSExplorer. It also works in 64 bit Windows. It's free, you can get it here:

    http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/index2.html

    It does not have write capability though. MediaFour Macdrive does, but it's not free.

    Boot Camp in Snow Leopard will support HFS+ drives in Windows, BTW. Macrumors story:
    http://www.macrumors.com/2009/05/06/snow-leopards-boot-camp-includes-hfs-windows-drivers/
     
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    spinnerlys

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    MacFuse and NTFS-3G together is a good and free solution to give Mac OS X write capabilities for NTFS formatted volumes.

    But Mac OS X is able to at least read NTFS formatted drives from the start, without the help of a third party software, it just can't write to it with an extra solution like ergdegdeg mentioned.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    alright, i have installed macfuse, is it done straight after i have install it or there is more to it? i wasn't given too much info on their website. sorry and thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    spinnerlys

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    Have you only installed MacFuse, or have you also installed the NTFS-3G driver?

    As I understand, MacFuse only enables Mac OS X to write to different filesystems with the help of drivers, and the NTFS-3G driver is needed to write specifically to NTFS volumes.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    just the MacFuse application, i will download the NTFS-3G right away then.. so after installing NTFS-3G and that's it?? after that, everytime i connect a NTFS HDD it would be writable and readable?
     
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    spinnerlys

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    Maybe a restart is required, but yes, then you can write to NTFS formatted drives.
    Reading is already enabled without MacFuse and NTFS-3G drivers through Mac OS X.
     

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