HFS (Journaled) vs. FAT vs. NTFS

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  1. chrismccorkle macrumors regular

    chrismccorkle

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    My girlfriend and I use different laptops- I, PowerBook; she, HP.

    We're trying to come up with a way where we can share files (we live in two different houses) using my external hdd as the middle man. Obviously, she can't read the disk (HFS Journaled) without shareware.

    I heard somewhere a while ago that OS X can read/write to FAT partitions as can Windows XP.

    Have any of you ever done this? What do you think? I would still like the drive to be perusable with Spotlight, but if it can't be, it's no problem.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    You only have 2 choices:

    FAT32 and it's inherent limitations (Max 4GB file size).

    HFS+ & MacDrive for the PC.

    NTFS is not an option for your Mac.
     
  3. chrismccorkle thread starter macrumors regular

    chrismccorkle

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    I figured NTFS wasn't an option... and damn FAT32! We're transferring DVD images.

    I guess she'll just have to get a mac. Screw MacDrive. :D
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Yup. Bad option for video editing and whatnot with large files.

    Unfortunately NTFS is a Microsoft proprietary format, no full specs ever released. Sadly if they had managed to get WinFS to work for Vista, then we all could have used NTFS I bet. But it was not meant to be.

    FWIW, I hear that MacDrive is a solid piece of software.
     

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