External Hard Drive for mac and PC?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Nyaos, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Nyaos macrumors newbie

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    I have a custom PC and a MacBook. I use my MacBook for everything like word processing, web browsing, and light photo editing.

    I use my Windows desktop for gaming and more demanding tasks.

    I often download large files to my MacBook, 4-10GB in size. I want to use an external hard drive to transfer over the files to my PC, but my hard drives are formated in FAT32 and do not allow files over a certain size to be written I think.

    Is the solution to format in NTFS? And if it is, how do I do that? I don't want to burn to DVDs. Right now I transfer the data over a LAN but it takes a long time due to WiFi.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    NTFS can be read by osx but not written unless you use addons like macfuse (I think is the name). HFS (OSx native) can be read by windows with add-ons. To format to ntfs you'd have to copy all the files somewhere temporarily as format will wipe the data.
     
  3. sngx1275 macrumors regular

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    MacFUSE and NTFS-3G, both Free.

    Need to be pretty careful about safely removing, or unmounting the drive if you use a certain version of it. Read up on it or wait til someone who remembers more details than I do posts.
     

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