Cross Platform Network Drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by feelthefire, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2006
    I've purchased two Buffalo Linkstation Quads for use as network attached backup devices for a scientific lab.

    I haven't set them up yet because I've run into a problem-- HOW should I format these drives so that BOTH Macs and PCs can connect to them easily with both read and write access?

    MacDrive doesn't work with networked drives.

    What other options do I have? Should I format as FAT32? None of the files being stored are so large as to bump up against any file size limits.

    Ease of access is the most important thing here. Any advice?
  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't filesystem support be dependent on the NAS itself and not any networked computers? I would just format the drives as FAT32.
  3. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    My Drobo is formatted FAT32 and My Macs and work PCs all easily access it. But there is a file cap of 4GB with this older formatting version.

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