Application to format drive NTFS

Discussion in 'macOS' started by onlythecat, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. onlythecat macrumors newbie

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    I want to use an external drive to store some of my videos, but I don't want to lock that drive to my mac. I installed ntfs-3g and formatted the drive with GParted under Linux. The problem is, the permissions for the drive got messed up. I don't have any files on there, so I just need a mac application that can format an external drive NTFS. I would prefer free, or at a minimum a free trial. Any ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry mate, I can't think of one. Formatting a drive really doesn't take that long. Couldn't you borrow a friend's PC or even go to an internet cafe with PC to format it from Windows? :)
     
  3. onlythecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just tried formatting it in Vista, but when I went back to my mac I had the same problem. Near the end of copying the file I got an insufficient permissions error.

    How could I fix that?
     
  4. admiraldennis macrumors regular

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    ntfs-3g under Mac OS X is hardly ready for 'prime time'.

    I'd recommend against using it.
     
  5. onlythecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I don't use ntfs-3g, then I am stuck with HFS+. I am storing my home movies on this drive, so I can't use FAT32. I would like to be able to display these movies on a Windows PC, so am I just stuck having to find another way to do that and not being able to recover my movies if something happened to my mac?
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You could try Mac OS Extended (HFS) coupled with MacDrive on the PC(s). :)
     
  7. onlythecat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm... that looks good. Any reason to think using Mac OS Extended and MacDrive is a bad idea?
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Well it's not free. That's all I can think of. :eek:
     

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