Disadvantages of using NTFS hard drive & a Mac OSX Extended Journaled?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Imola Ghost, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Imola Ghost macrumors 65816

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    I'm new to mac's and was wondering what the drawbacks of having Windows 7 Pro installed on my MBP using Bootcamp using the NTFS formatted hard drive.

    If I remember reading correctly I can't transfer files or even read one the hard drive on either, correct?

    If so, is there a better more seamless way of having Windows 7 installed on a Mac? I don't need Windows for much other than a few programs that will NEVER be on a Mac. The only thing I can see where I would need to be able to read & write to a FAT32 external usb hard drive which I store a lot of music.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Check out the various file systems here: MR Guide: File Systems

    NTFS-3G will allow you to read/write NTFS from OSX (free)

    MacDrive will allow you to read/write HFS+ from Windows ($50)

    You can always run Windows virtualized with Parallels or VMware Fusion (or even VirtualBox)
     
  3. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, cool thanks!

    Do these need to be formatted "BEFORE" I install, I'm pretty sure this is correct but I needed to ask.
     

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