external hard drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Badrottie, May 18, 2011.

  1. Badrottie Suspended

    Badrottie

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    I have so much to learn about Apple OSX (Leopard 10.5.8)...how come I can't move files to NTFS harddrive??? USB Flash drive does not work either.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    OS-X native support for NTFS is read-only (as you've discovered). There are 3rd party apps that can give you write capability, but their names escape me.
     
  3. rookiezzz macrumors regular

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    NTFS is windows based hdd format..

    Mac uses HSF format..

    Windows =
    NTFS (Read & Write)
    HSF (No Read & No Write)

    OS X =
    HSF (Read & Write)
    NTFS (Read)

    use FAT format if you want to share files between windows and macs (FAT max size per file is 4gb)

    btw, isn't a usb flash disk usually uses FAT format??
     
  4. Badrottie thread starter Suspended

    Badrottie

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    You are correct about USB Flash drive I just format NTFS over FAT for some reasons.
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Just a nit: it's "HFS"
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     

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