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

    Mar 21, 2009
    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 Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    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

    Mar 21, 2009
    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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