Question on external drives

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eharrison33, May 4, 2006.

  1. eharrison33 macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2006
    So I'm trying to use a single external drive to share between my new Mac laptop and an XP box. I have a firewire Maxtor but I'm told by Maxtor that both machines can't share the drive -- I've been trying it, but when I connect the Mac the XP box can no longer access the drive. Is that true, or do I need to try to reformat it? Do any of you have recommendations on other brands of hard-drive to purchase for use as a centralized repository for music and photo files to share between machines? NB I have a Buffalo LinkStation, which is essentially a NAS, but it is extremely slow with the Mac.
  2. dops7107 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2005
    Perth, Oztrailya
    You can't share a drive between a Mac and a PC at the same time, I don't think. You *may* be able to conect it to the Mac and then find it through the network on the PC, but in my experience this is unreliable - or just doesn't work at all.

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