External HD Issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Maksx, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Maksx macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2011
    Hello, this is my first post, just had a question.

    Im getting a MBP, probably shoon after lion is released, and and currently using a vista PC.

    I have a 2TB HD that i currently use and will need to use it for both the mac and pc.

    I heard the Mac can only read my ntfs formatted HD is there any way around that?
  2. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    Yes, out of the box, OSX can only read the NTFS fielsystem, not write to it. You will need an app that adds the ability to write to NTFS, such as ParagonNTFS or MacFUSE.

    An alternative would be to re-format the drive as FAT32 or ExFAT.
  3. Maksx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2011
    hmm paragon seems to be only for upto os9, does macfuse work?
  4. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    I think you're reading it wrong. It's NTFS for OSX - version 9. I never tried MacFUSE. I use Paragon's NTFS and am running Snow Leopard.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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

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