NTFS external hd and panther

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mrfattop, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2004
    Hi, I'm trying to use a 120 GB NTFS external hard drive that used to be an internal drive on a PC. Apple says that Panther supports NTFS drives (read only), but when I plug the drive in (firewire), the Mac tells me I've inserted a drive the computer cannot read.

    Any advice on what the problem may be? Thanks! -- PM
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2004
    I get the same message when connecting my 160Gb WD USB drive with Tiger... and Panther gave me it as well. :(
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2004
    Panther can read NTFS, but can't write to a drive formatted with it.
    I don't know how good Tiger is at this, I have not got around to trying it.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    The studio I work at is 2k/XP, so everything except the NASs are formatted NTFS. I'm Mac, so this means that the NASs are the intermediaries. Apple and Windows don't play well together with non-optical drive media. FAT32 (FAT16 also) and UNIX are the only cross platform supported formats. It really sucks that each company doesn’t play well with the others formats. NTFS and HFS (+ journaled) are both proprietary formats, and it looks like neither wants too pass the olive branch.
  5. macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    FAT12 also works. That's Window's floppy format BTW.

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