Configuring Internal HD

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  1. dougk macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    I am trying to convert from a PC to a Mac. I just picked up a Mac Pro partitioned the primary HD, 50/50. to run boot camp. In the remaining bays I have 2-1 TB drives. What is the best way to format/configure these drives to work with both Windows and Mac files? When in windows, I would like to read/write to pc files and conversely read/write pc files when running the Mac os.

    Thanks
     
  2. iShater macrumors 604

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    OSX cannot natively read NTFS. So you will not be able to easily share drives without possibly buying additional software as I recall.

    Do a search in the Windows section of these forums, I have seen this question get asked quite a few times.
     
  3. dougk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am sure the answer is in these forumns, my question is broad and the rabbit holes are long.

    Do you recal the name of the software?
     
  4. blownco macrumors regular

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    you dont need any additional software other than what came with your drives load the software on the windows side and the os X side will see it no problem thats what i had to do.
     
  5. 204467 macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to read/write on both of the drives using both operating systems, format the drives in FAT32 (or MS-DOS as Disk Utility calls it). I think Disk Utility is in the Applications folder; open it and select the drive you want to format, select the format, then click okay. I'm sure there's someone here who can explain it better; in fact, I would wait for one of those people to come along and do so, seeing as I've never done that before.
     
  6. iShater macrumors 604

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    He's talking about 1TB drives, FAT32 won't cut it.
     
  7. 204467 macrumors 6502a

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    See? I told him there was someone more knowledgeable than me!
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    OP : Have a looking the MacRumors Guides (checkk the Guides tab at the top of the window)

    I have updated the Mac Hardware : Hard Drives guide with more information on partitioning and formatting. (other members are welcome to correct and add to that info)
     
  9. iShater macrumors 604

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    Ooh, so FAT32 would work since he would do it outside of Windows. Excellent. Of course, we would run into the permission issues, file limitation, etc. :eek:
     
  10. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    MacFUSE ( http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23729/macfuse ) is the open source software that removes the limitation of writing to NTFS volumes when using the Mac OS (when used in conjuction with NTFS-3G- http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/ ). The Mac OS natively can read from NTFS volumes but on its own lacks the ability to write to them.

    This free combination removes that limitation and works like a charm from my experience though of course YMMV.
     
  11. dougk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great info! Thank you so much. MacFuse sounds like the perfect solution. There is additional info on MacFuse at youtube - cnet has a good review.
     

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