External FW drive woes.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jamesmcd, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    In need of help I'm afraid...

    Ok, so I have an external 80GB firewire drive. About 30GB is formatted for using on my mac (so it's HFS+). The remaining space, was formatted on a PC with NTFS, so that I can backup my Windows files.

    Ok, so when I mount this drive on mac os, it only shows the mac partition on the desktop, not the NTFS. When in Disk Utility, it shows that the other partition is simply 'free space', which it is actually not.

    When in Windows Vista, neither partition mounts, and the Disk Management software with Windows sees the partition, but will not let me access it.

    I am in a little bit of a problem here. I don't care which OS I use, but I need access to those files on the NTFS partition of this drive.

    Can someone offer help?

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Is Windows XP working properly with the drive? If you get the chance, reformatting it to FAT32 might make things easier for you from both the Vista and the OSX point of view, although it'll have some limitations. :)

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